During the approval minutes of the last meeting, a member asked why the division (recorded vote) on the question of June strike action was not circulated to Associations and Divisions in the Executive Report. This was due to be sent out as a separate circular for Association with enough detail to explain the motion. Christine apologised that this had not yet gone out and also explained that she didn't think there was space or time to have got the full wording of the motion and the voting list into The Teacher magazine. It was agreed than any subsequent recorded votes would be sent out with the Executive Report (My note- this was the first recorded vote during my four years on the executive: so not something that’s come up before !)
I was elected to represent the Union with the Council for Education in World Citizenship and the Home-School Council.
Every named school rep will receive letters to help them check that members have received ballot papers, and will be able to alert the union if members have been left off- so they can ring and ask for replacements. We are under no illusions that we are asking members to vote on something big !
There was a question during the Salaries and Conditions of Service committee report about the best pattern of lay representation in relation to the diocesan boards that cut across divisions or even regions. Kevin confirmed that this is being looked at, in the same way that we have had to develop our relationship with the Academy chains that have particular geographical focus.
The Officers reported that the ballot on changing the Political Fund rules had resulted in a yes vote of 85.12% This means that the fund can be used between election time to encourage members to register to vote, and also to support the union's presence at the major Party conferences each autumn.
The executive agreed a timetable for a by-election for the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire area, following Kendra Cogman's resignation from the Executive to take up a full time official post within the Union. Kendra and I came on to the executive together in 2008, where we were the youngest members by ten years. She has been a good friends and colleague, and I will miss her- but wish her good luck in her new role within the Union.