Sep 06


Welcome back
I hope that all members have had a fabulous summer.
If you have changed workplace this year please make sure that you have notified NUT membership on 020 7380 6366
Please approach new staff in your school this week (and next!!) to see if they are members. If they are they should update details on 020 7380 6366
…. if not they can join on 020 7380 6369.
Remember ALL workers in your school can now join the National Education Union.
I am aiming to run two training/catch up sessions for School Reps and those who might be interested in thinking about being a School Rep.
Likely dates (you only need to attend one) are Wednesday 27 September 4pm – 6pm in Harlow and Thursday 5 October 5pm – 7pm in Epping Forest.
At this point can I please just have an indication of interest by return email – – thank you.
All the best – and have a great term
Murray Sackwild
General Secretary/Caseworker – Harlow+Epping Forest NUT Section National Education Union
Deputy General Secretary – Essex NUT Section National Education Union 
Oct 12

Chelmsford school will cut teaching hours from autumn

A secondary school will cut an hour of teaching a week from the autumn in a bid to save £100,000.

Joe Wincott of The Sandon School in Chelmsford, Essex said an extra £1.3bn promised by the government was too late to help it in the next academic year.

The head teacher said cutting lessons from 26 to 25 hours a week would allow him to balance the school budget.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said per pupil funding was set to go up from £4,100 to £4,800 in 2018.

The Sandon School, Chelmsford

Mr Wincott said the school budget had been cut by £450,000 since 2011 and he had reduced the costs of “everything from power supplies, examination and photocopying”.

He said: “We were down to the situation where we were unable to balance our budget for 2017-2018, so we took the decision… to drop to 25 hours, which is what most schools deliver.”

Parents at the mixed comprehensive school, which has 1,270 pupils aged 11 to 18 and was rated good in its last Ofsted inspection, had been “remarkably understanding”.

But the head teacher added a “significant number of pupils” were entering the school system, and pay, pension and National Insurance contributions were all due to increase.

As a result, he believes the promised extra pupil funding in 2018 will “probably put us where we are now, but without having to make cuts to staff”.