31-01-2019

Annual Conference

The first National Education Union conference is currently taking place in Liverpool from 15-18 April. Delegates were elected by their association or district prior to 1 January 2019.

Conference programme

Conference programme - hard copies for all delegates, guests and observers will be available for collection at the reception desk in Liverpool.

  • Reports of the Executive

    The Reports of the Executive 2019 - JEC and  ATL/NUT joint executive reports - is now available.

    The reports are a factual report of the work done over the last year.  The Rules provide that Local Districts can submit amendments, using the relevant form (C.07). Please reference amendments clearly, identifying the page number and section of text. It is important to bear in mind when considering amendments that these should not try to write into the Reports, material which is not factually correct.   Please be aware that the Report of the JEC contains proposals to amend the rules of the Union, which will be taken at Annual Conference.

  • Conference Committee Election 2019

    The election for the Conference Committee will take place at Annual Conference in Liverpool. Further details will be sent to delegates nearer the time.

    NEU Local Districts are entitled to nominate one candidate for the eight non-Executive places available.  Candidates must either be a representative to Conference or a lay-member of the Conference Committee standing for re-election.

    The term of office will be two years with elections taking place every year, so to establish this pattern of membership, the four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will serve a term of two years (2020 & 2021) and the four receiving the next highest number of votes will serve for one year (2020).

    Nominations have now closed.

  • Delegate Voting at Conference

     

    Voting at Conference will be by show of hands; where the result is unclear to the President or challenged by 200 members of conference standing up, a division will be carried out using digital voting.

    Digi-voting is a weighted vote, and for 2019 only will be calculated based on ATL Districts and NUT Associations membership figures as at 1 September 2018; new NEU members will be added to the membership figures of both. The membership figure will then be divided by the number of delegates each ATL District or NUT Association has.

    Should a delegation include a retired member, this will make no difference to their vote, they will carry the share of member votes of their Association in the same way as other delegates. Changes to this arrangement are due to take place in 2021 but for the time being, there is no distinction between retired members and other delegates to Conference.

    The practicalities of digi-voting will be explained in a separate message.

     
  • Travelling to Liverpool

    It is assumed most delegates will travel to Liverpool on Sunday. The New to Conference briefing will be held in the main auditorium and is open to all delegates. It will be most useful to those who haven’t previously attended an ATL or NUT annual conference. The briefing will cover how conference works, including how to register to speak in a debate and the role of the chair.

  • Annual conference expenses and accommodation costs
  • Annual conference crèche arrangements:
    • The crèche is now full 
    • If you have a child or children attending the crèche, please try and visit on Sunday to register your child; this will be much easier than trying to do it on Monday morning
    • The crèche will be open at the following times:

    Sunday                                                            1300 - 1800

    Monday – Wednesday                                     0800 - 1800

    Thursday                                                         0800 - close

    • If you would like to attend a lunchtime fringe, please advise the crèche first thing that morning to arrange this
    • The crèche will not be open to allow delegates to attend evening events unfortunately
     
  • Observers

    Observers can attend conference. They can be members whose district/association delegations are full, delegates’ partners or members ineligible to be delegates. Observers will be welcome to attend any part of conference other than the closed session, space permitting. 

    Observers’ badges and packs will be available for collection at the reception desk in Liverpool.

     
  • Mailings and information for delegates

    The final mailing to delegates were sent out on Monday 8th April and included: Conference Agenda, Voting Card, Credential, Speakers Cards, CC Ballot Paper, CC Biographical Details, Union Accounts, Report of TBS.

    Observer badges and packs may be collected from the Reception area at the Venue. Observers should note that admission to the conference hall is subject to availability of space and only member-observers are permitted to attend Private Sections of Conference.

  • Union accounts and report of TBS

    The Financial Statements, Union Accounts and report of the Teachers Building Society were emailed to members of Conference on 25 March. Printed copies will be posted the week before Conference.

    This formal business will be taken in Private Session during the afternoon of Tuesday 16th April. Questions to the Treasurer will be taken at this time, if you wish to put a question, please address it to beccy.reese@neu.org.uk.  All questions should be received by Monday 8th April.

    If you have not received your copy of these documents, please contact louisa.staples@neu.org. who will be happy to email a copy to you.

  • Conference app

    The conference app is now live. It contains

    • What’s on and where
    • The conference agenda
    • A feedback form
    • A list of events happening during 2019 with a link for you to express interest in attending

    Please click here to download the app on the phone or tablet you wish to use it on. Please make sure your device is first connected to the WiFi. If you’ve installed the app previously and you’re asked to update it, please do so or alternatively delete and reinstall it. If you’re using an Apple device, the app will still be called NEU/NUT. This was one of the things we couldn’t change, but the content is correct. To log in, you need to use just your membership number. This is on your conference badge

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