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The Treasurer announced that after a meeting between the General Secretary and Show Racism the Red Card that the NASUWT were going to be sponsoring them with a significant amount of money. We will be the sole sponsors of their work in ITT training in Scotland and a series of workshops at NASUWT events around the UK. This is something that the North East NEM's have been pushing for many months.

The sponsorship for the NASUWT Riverside Band has been increased and will now include them performing at events in all nations.

We now have a new Secretary of State for Education, Damien Hinds. The GS reminded him of our ongoing trade dispute. A meeting was in the diary to meet Justine Greening on the 25th January, we are hoping he has kept to it and we will see how he reacts with the NASUWT.

The collapse of the Wakefield City Trust Academies, something that the NASUWT predicted could happen with some of these MAT's. These schools have now been taken over by other Academy chains, one of them being Outwood.

The TUC are now responding with NEU as one union. NEU tried to put up two delegates for TUC Women's Committee, one from NUT section and one from ATL section. The TUC said no to them.

The GS had a meeting with Nick Gibb on a range of issues, especially regarding Supply teachers. The Treasury continue to oppose access to the Teachers Pension Scheme. Also spoke about Supply teachers pay and finders fees, as some Agencies can charge up to £10000. If you are a Supply teacher and have concerns over finder’s fees there is an automated letter that you can send to your local MP on the National website.

We have a Memorandum of Understanding with Supply Register, which can be seen on the website. It gives Supply teachers more appropriate pay based on experience and charges schools less. They are working with more Agencies and individual schools.

Maintained Schools in England now have £1.7 billion in reserves, we have the data for each school, 90% of schools have a surplus. The average primary has £108000 and for secondary £343000.

Sixth form college’s reserves are outstanding. Over the last few years pay awards have been derisory. Of the 73 Colleges they have £473 million in reserves.

On pay, we are submitting our evidence to the STRB, we aim to protect all our conditions of service and be asking for a significant pay rise to keep teachers in the classroom.

Our media coverage over December was extensive with 48 national, regional and online stories. The story receiving most coverage was our work with BBC Five Live investigating the growing use of energy drinks by pupils. The NASUWT are calling for a ban in schools on this. Our short videos featuring NASUWT members published on social media are among the most viewed on the main NASUWT Facebook page.