C.02 Notes – information on submitting and writing motions for Conference

Motions for Annual Conference 2019 must be submitted on Form C.02 available here.

Motions must be submitted by midnight 3 December 2018

ATL Districts and NUT Associations can submit up to 6 original motions each.  The agreed word limit for motions is 350 words. Motions will be considered by the Conference Committee whose remit includes editing motions to achieve factual accuracy or eliminate ambiguity. The committee may also edit or reject motions to ensure all adhere to the word limit.

Motions discussed at association and district meetings must be both within the law and in accordance with the 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 questions about the content of motions, please email the Conference Admin Team

Motions must be approved at a quorate general meeting of the submitting association or district. 


Guidance on writing motions

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

It is 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, please attach the constitution of the organisation for ease of reference.

When 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).