Mar 20


The Chancellor had another opportunity to announce emergency funding for schools in his spring statement last week.

Instead, he chose to do nothing, leaving school communities alone to deal with the biggest funding crisis in a generation.

With a new Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, and local elections looming across the country this May, the nation will be engaged in a national conversation about the state of our public services.

We must work to make sure the school funding crisis is front and centre in the media and with politicians at this time.

It’s time to step up the pressure, that’s why we’ve produced an Action Toolkit for campaigners.

At the General Election 2017, the force of our campaigning led 750,000 people to switch their vote because of school funding. It’s time to get organising again to bring this issue to the top of the agenda in our communities.

We need to create a noise so loud that no one can ignore what’s happening to our schools.  

That means making a visible statement with window posters, leafleting our school gates, participating in the national banner action and holding community meetings.

With these actions big and small we can together ignite a scandal about school cuts in every corner of the country.

We mustn’t rest until every politician knows that there are millions of voters who are well informed and willing to use their votes and voices to fight for our children’s education.

In the toolkit you’ll find resources, order forms, signup sheets. Everything you’ll need to get organising in your community with more to come.

If you have any questions just reply to this email.

Thank you so much for all you do,

Andrew Baisley

Campaigner, School Cut

Mar 12

Workload announcement is a beginning, but more than ambition needed
We are pleased the Government is finally beginning to recognise the teacher shortage crisis, but it will be seen in classrooms round the country whether today’s announcement makes any practical difference, says Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union.
Kevin Courtney said: “We are pleased the Government is beginning to recognise the scale of the challenge in teacher recruitment and retention and says it is willing to work with us to tackle these related problems.

“We will fully engage, and urge our members to take up the issue of workload in schools.

“But the Government needs more than ambition if these efforts are to work. School accountability needs fundamental reform, not tinkering. School leaders need to be know what the Government and Ofsted expects of them, not just what they don’t expect. The Government needs to recognise that funding cuts are also now driving up workload – with class sizes increasing in two-thirds of secondary schools and teachers facing cut backs in preparation time. And the Government needs to recognise that it must deal with the growing uncompetitiveness of teacher pay.”

Jan 30


If you would like to attend this course please email Julia Rex at for registration including your name, contact email and workplace so that the system can register you.
FREE CPD giving advice on Anxiety, Compulsion and Tics.

This fantastic session has been well received by both teachers and those individuals who suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, OCD, and Tourette’s.

Date: Wednesday, 28th February, 2018
Time: From 5pm
Location: Pontlands Park, West Hanningfield Road, Great Baddow, Essex, CM2 8HR.
Refreshments will be included

This twilight CPD session ‘is a must’ for anyone working with young people.

To book register here or email Julia Rex and Ellie Manns at

Speaker: Stephen Challen, Chelmsford (Essex) ADHD Support Group. Stephen is an inspirational and motivational speaker who brings a unique understanding and extensive personal experience to his sessions.

The CPD session will give advice and information about Anxiety, Compulsion and Tics and will include an introduction to anxiety, the symptoms and how anxiety affects the individual.
Stephen will also:
• Explain Compulsions and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
• Explain Tics and Tic Disorders
• Outlines Key Advice and Help within a School Setting
• Run a Q&A Session

Dec 10


The Essex Schools closed Monday December 11 so far:

The full list as of 9pm.

Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School,

Brentwood, CM14 4EX

Burnham on Crouch Primary School,

Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8LG

Doddinghurst Infant School,

Brentwood, CM15 0NJ

Doddinghurst Church of England,

Brentwood, CM15 0NJ

Grove House School,

Brentwood, CM15 9DA

High Ongar Primary School

High Ongar, CM5 9NB

Holly Trees Primary School,

Brentwood, CM14 5RY

Kelvedon Hatch Community Primary School,

Brentwood, CM5 0DH

Larchwood Primary School,

Brentwood, CM15 9NG

Long Ridings Primary School,

Brentwood, CM13 1DU

Moreton Church of England Primary,

Ongar, CM5 0JD

Mountnessing Church of England,

Brentwood, CM15 0UH

Sent in by Arline Sloan

Plume School,

Maldon, CM9 6AB

Shenfield High School,

Brentwood, CM15 8RY

St Helen’s Catholic Junior School Academy,

Brentwood, CM15 9BY

St John Fisher Catholic Primary School,

Loughton, IG10 2DY,

St Thomas of Cantebury Church of England,

Brentwood, CM12 9LH

The Ongar Academy,

Ongar, CM5 0AN

Schools with shorter opening hours due to the snow:

The Boswell’s Academy


The school announced on its website that it will be open 10am to 2:45pm.

On their website, it states: “There will be no clubs before and after school and there will only be a very limited food service at the break. Please be advised that we will be relaxing our rules regarding footwear and students should wear footwear that is appropriate to the snowy/icy conditions. Students should stick to the treated pathways on site and take care on the journey to and from school.”

Moulsham High School delayed start

Moulsham High School have announced a delayed start to the day, students asked to arrive at 9:55am, but staff will be in at normal time.

Students will start their day at 9:55am, and finish at 3:25pm.


Snow In Essex

  • A12 gridlocked
  • Have the roads been gritted?
  • Lorries trapped by snow
  • When will it stop snowing?
  • Road closures
  • Shopping centre shut
  • Should you drive with snow on your car?
  • Forecast

The school has also said the Year 11 Art exams will start later too, but have not given an update on whether the exam will finish an hour later, but promise no child will be at a disadvantage.

Chelmer Valley High announces late start

Chelmer Valley High will be open tomorrow, but it will have a late start following the bad weather.

The structure of the day will start at 10:30am and the school day will end at 3pm.

Nov 06


Just a reminder about dates of various meetings this month including a couple of events in Colchester which you are welcome to attend.
Wednesday 8th November ‘Asbestos in Schools’ 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Colchester
A speaker from the Joint Union Action Committee on Asbestos will address the meeting, which has been organised by the Colchester NEU(NUT Section) and the local Trades Council.
Thursday 9th November Essex NEU (ATL Section)  5pm-7pm Pontlands Park Hotel, Chelmsford, CM2 8HR
ATL Section National President, Niamh Sweeney, will address the meeting on ‘Challenges to protect education in the future’.
If you are interested in attending please let Jeff Fair know –
Saturday 11th November Colchester NEU(NUT Section) Autumn Social  12-2pm at the North Hill Hotel, Colchester.
An informal social occasion for members in the Colchester area. Sandwiches and a free drink provided.
Saturday 18th November NEU (NUT Section) Eastern Region Council 10.30am Cambridge Belfry Hotel, Cambourne, CB23 6BW
All of our Essex NUT Section Executive are invited to this meeting and it is important that Essex is well represented. Please confirm with me or Jerry whether you will be attending.
Wednesday 22nd November 5.30pm The Bell, Danbury, CM3 4DT
Third Joint Officers Meeting of Essex Executive Committees of NUT and ATL Sections
Minutes of the last meeting are attached. Agenda for this meeting to follow.
Monday 27th November Essex NEU(NUT Section) Division Council
5.15pm Executive Committee  6pm Division Council
Essex County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford
Agendas, minutes etc to follow.
December appears to be free!
Look forward to seeing you at some of the above meetings.
David Evans
Admin Secretary
Essex NEU (NUT Section)