I’m seeking nominations from local associations in the upcoming executive elections for the 2016 – 2018 cycle.
I would like to continue to represent disabled teachers because over the last four years I believe I have been an effective voice for disability equality within and beyond the union. We now have more disabled members registered with the union than ever before, however, we still have a long way to go until we reflect the true number of disabled teachers and society as a whole. I think I am the best person to take this work forward.
I have used my vote on the executive to call for action, including strike action, to raise the concerns of disabled teachers over workload, pay and pensions. I think it is vital to continue to organise and campaign on behalf of our profession and pupils. I believe the strategy which will win the most for disabled teachers is resistance to the fragmentation of schools and demands of Ofsted.
I will continue to stand up for education and disabled teachers. As part of the executive, I have had the opportunity to visit many divisional and regional events. I’m confident the discussions and training I have led based on the social model of disability have been helpful.
As part of the union’s education and equalities committee I have sought to ensure that the union continues to pursue a fully inclusive, fully resourced education system for all.
As part of the organising and membership committee I have worked with others to make sure that the union structures support disabled teachers through the appointment of a senior organiser with responsibility for disabled members.
As part of the health and safety working party I have sought to promote a social model view of the issues, particularly around mental health.
I have also been a board member of TSN during its transition to a new education sector charity. These are contentious times but I am now chair of the ‘shell’ TSN and of the executive committee for the NUTBF. This work is important to give teachers support in times of need.
In May, I was re-elected to the TUC Disabled Workers’ Committee. I wish to continue to represent NUT members there as we work alongside organisations such as Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) to resist the on-going cuts of the new government and demonstrate a fairer society is possible.
Please do nominate me for the Equality Seat: Disability.
I’d be happy to come and explain why I am seeking nomination by your local association at any meeting or event you wish to invite me to.