The Executive will consider the precise format of the event taking into account the recent online Special Conference and government restrictions in place at the time. Further updates will be sent to District Secretaries as soon as possible.

The timetable agreed by the Executive is below. A separate message will be sent regarding arrangements for District delegations.

Motions for Conference need to be sent by midnight on 3 December, this circular explains the process and the action you need to take. If anything is unclear, please feel free to contact Karen Handley on 020 7380 4746 or

Local Districts are invited to submit up to 6 original motions each using form C.02 (attached).  The agreed word limit for original motions is 350 words. Motions will be considered by the Conference Committee whose remit includes editing motions to achieve factual accuracy, eliminate ambiguity, or to meet the maximum word limit, they may also reject motions that exceed the word limit. Please adhere to the word limit and note this applies to all words on the page including instructions.

Please make sure motions discussed at Local District meetings are within the law and aims and objects of the Union.  Anything outside this definition should not be discussed or submitted as it will not be circulated for priority voting or appear on the Conference agenda.

If you have any doubts about the content of motions please e-mail:

It’s essential that motions are approved at a quorate general meeting of the submitting Local District, this may be done online in accordance with published guidance.

The following guidance is offered to assist Local Districts prepare motions for Conference:

It’s helpful if action points are printed in bold to draw them to the attention of delegates and laid out under headings with numbered points for each part, the following order is suggested:

  • “Conference notes:”
  • “Conference believes:”
  • “Conference instructs the Executive to:

Motions should not instruct the Joint General Secretary, other Union officials or individual members of the Executive. Also, please refer to politicians by their title rather than their name.

Each motion should deal with one subject and be clear in its objective, avoiding ambiguity and the possibility of more than one interpretation or intention.  It is suggested that argumentation is not included in the motion, as it may be developed during the debate and will impact on the word limit.

Please pay attention to the following:

  • always use the phrase “the Executive of the National Education Union”
  • don’t use abbreviations for organisations without spelling out their name at the first mention;
  • don’t use full stops in initial abbreviations, e.g., TUC, DfE;

If you would like the Union to affiliate to a campaign or body you must attach the constitution of the organisation for ease of reference.  If the constitution is not included with the motion then it will be rejected.

For the purpose of calculating the word limits, the following criteria will apply:

  • acronyms in common usage count as one word (i.e. TUC = one word)
  • hyphenated words count as two words (i.e. anti-democratic = two words)
  • hyphenated dates count as one word (i.e. 2009-2010 = one word).