You can use this contact list to arrange an initial meeting with members.
When you are planning a union meeting:
- Choose a convenient and accessible time and place for members – be aware that members with caring responsibilities might not be able to make meetings after school or might need to bring their dependants to a meeting
- Advertise the meeting well in advance through email, announcements in briefings, newsletters and posters.
- Share with members the link to the NEU website https://neu.org.uk/academies
- The most important thing is to speak to members individually; let them know what the meeting is about and why they should attend.
- Provide refreshments if appropriate: your branch may refund the cost.
During the meeting:
- Circulate a sign-in sheet.
- Keep the meeting short and focussed.
- Try to avoid using jargon without explaining what you are talking about.
- Don't presume members' knowledge or views.
- Try to avoid inadvertently patronising members.
- Give time over to questions and contributions from members
- Be inclusive, try to ensure that meetings are not dominated by one or two members, give everyone a voice.
- Ask members to undertake activities where possible.
- Agree diary dates for future meetings with members.
- Make sure that someone minutes the action points.
After the meeting:
- Ask someone to circulate the action points to members.
- Keep your branch secretary or other NEU contact informed of developments.