Author Archives: Stefan Simms

Ealing Schools Reducing Their Workload! How?

Classroom Teachers Reporting The Likelihood That They Will leave The Profession.

Source: Education Policy Institute

There are Ealing schools this term that have made real improvements in reducing their weekly workload, for example, by asking for the statutory required directed time calendar. Find out how they did it.

We will be giving advice and support in how to use the national orientation, ‘Value Education Value Educators’ to reduce your workload and stress.

We are also launching a national pay campaign. Young educators will introduce it. See PowerPoint below to be used in your schools.

This special General Meeting is for support staff and teachers alike. There will be a section dedicated for support staff issues. Please download NEU Advice Document on support staff & Cover. This is in response to questions and concerns raised last time. Special Guest: Trish Fay NEU National Executive for Support staff.

Ealing NEU Agenda

1. Introductions 5 mins

2. Using ‘Value Education Value Educators‘ – Success Stories In Ealing 15 mins

3. Royal College of Arts on Strike! Nathan UCU Rep. Proposal to donate £500 to Strike Fund 10 mins

4. We all need a proper pay rise! Campaign towards national action. Proposed motion on last pptx slide in download –> National Pay Campaign PPt & Motions (inner london). 15/20 mins

5. Solidarity with ‘Sudanese Teachers Committee’ Eye Witness Account Elhussain Yassin Proposal to donate £500 10 mins

6. Special Support Staff Follow Up To Questions & Concerns: Cover queries from last meeting answered in download –>  Support Staff & Cover . Special Guest Trish Fay 15/20 mins

7. Conference Motions: Ctte recommendations for approval. click –> Ctte Recommended Motions 2022. If there are any alternatives please, let me know asap – before the meeting. 5 mins

8. Vice President Nominations: Ctte recommendations for approval. Click –> Ctte Proposed VP Candidates. If there are any alternatives please, let me know asap – before the meeting. 5 mins

9. AOBs & Announcements; London Weekend & Local Elections 5 mins

As before, there is free parking at the HCC and we provide evening food. We ask that you attend in person where possible. It is friendlily and more enjoyable meeting other members in person than online. We still have our proven virus filter and our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved.

However we do appreciate that for some there is no other way accept online, usually due to children’s bedtime routines etc. So we have a ‘Meeting Owl Pro’ camera that will make the online experience better than the usual zoom squares.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 879 8582 8375
Passcode: 714796

The Great Climate COP Out

COP26 will not solve the environmental crisis, but we can!
Join The Protests Sat 11:30 am Trade Unions Assemble At Finsbury Circus Gardens EC2M 7AZ


World leaders have descend upon Glasgow for the COP26 climate summit. Delayed a year by the Covid crisis, it is being talked up by politicians and the media as a “last chance” to solve the climate crisis. It comes in a year that’s hammered home the terrifying reality of the climate crisis with floods, wildfires, hurricanes and droughts. But, as the COP26 name suggests, it is actually the 26th summit in a quarter of a century of failure.

We are witnessing huge amounts of amounts of green-washing. We need huge protests to expose the hypocritical green-washing and force them to act. This protest is for the future of the world for our children and children’s children. Bring your workmates, friends and family.

Campaign Against Climate Change

The nearest tube stations are Moorgate & Liverpool Street. Meet me at Finsbury Circus Gardens at 11:30. Please indicate below using the comment box that you are coming. (Name & school). Or email me

NEU Black* Educators Conference

Interested In Being An Ealing Delegate?

Conference sessions are after work on Thursday 11th and Friday12th, from 5:30-8:00pm. Saturday’s session is from 10:30am – 6pm. This is an online event.

This year’s theme is: Black Lives Matter in the NEU: 30 years of our activism, what next?

This largest conference celebrating Black educational staff in Europe will be held online again this year – offering a unique opportunity to engage and organise with Black members across the country.

* Black’ is “all members who self-identify as Black, Asian or any other ‘minority ethnic’ groups who do not identify themselves as white”. This includes Gypsy and Roma non-white people.

We do not use the terms BME or BAME because:

  • They suggest that individuals are a homogenous group.
  • They can appear to be convenient descriptions but are not generally identities which people have themselves chosen to identify.
  • They overlook the fact that African, Asian and all non-white people are actually a global majority.
  • The terms can pathologise certain groups and implies the putting down of a group as ‘’less than’’.

NEU Meeting Tues Oct 19th 5:30 pm

Over Worked And Under Paid

General Meeting:- How To Stop This In Schools & Nationally

Hanwell Community Centre,

Westcott Crescent, W7 1PD

Free Parking & Food

Hybrid Meeting – Link Below

We are all worn out and stressed out, yet we haven’t even reached half term! But please do find some of that precious personal time to attend. There are wins we can achieve together and we kick start our national campaign too with some simple easy first steps.

This special General Meeting is for support staff and teachers alike.

Together we can;

  • Reduce our stress and workload
  • Progress up our pay scales
  • campaign and win nationally a real pay rise

Please try and attend in person, its friendlier, more helpful and creates a better mood than online where we all end up multitasking with the meeting going on in the background. Plus we have a virus filter that has been tested independently in a level 3 bio-hazard lab. It removes all viruses in a large room in 60 seconds!

Nonetheless for those online is the only feasible option, we have brought a ‘Meeting Pro Owl’. It will make the experience for all of us much better.

Right at the very bottom of this post there are really good support materials. Please check them out.

Please download and check out the new “Value Education Value Educators” Its excellent support and a key campaigning set of tools, for support staff and teachers.

Latest updates for support staff on your pay and conditions

Teachers Pay Calculator How Much have I lost?

Write to your MP about your pay – very quick to do just fill in your name and click

Finally Thank you to all those who have said how they will be attending, please will you say in the comment box at the bottom how you will attend. 

hanwell Community Centre, Westcott Crescent, Hanwell, W7 1PD

Zoom link and details

Meeting ID: 845 8866 1094
Passcode: 162042

Below Is The Original Post And Resources

Over Worked

& Under Paid

This is a special and important Ealing NEU General Meeting on pay, progression and improving your work-life balance.

The meeting will provide:

1. Advice for both support staff and teachers regarding pay.

2. Advice on how to improve your work-life balance in your school.

3. Preparing for a national campaign on pay.

I encourage you to attend in person. We have an independently scientifically proven virus filter. It removes all viruses in 60 seconds from a very large room. Food will also be provided. In addition those who will find attending in person difficult there will be a zoom link. We have also brought a “Meeting Owl Pro” to enhance the experience for those online and for those in person seeing those online.

Please ‘comment’ below if you will be attending in person or online? 

* Who decides your pay?

* Got extra work/roles without more pay?

* Is Your JD stating all that you do?

* Do you go home on time?

* Do you know what point you are on?

* Can you appeal against pay decisions?

* Is it true that you can now move up the Upper Pay Scale every year?

* How can I show wider contribution?

* How do we win a much deserved and needed pay rise?

* Do you have a proper 1265 directed time calendar?


Please download:

PowerPoint Directed Time

Directed Time Calculator

PowerPoint On Pay & Progression

Pay & Progression Q & A


Stefan Simms Ealing NEU

Vote Gawain

This election is important for the future direction of our union. Whoever becomes Deputy General Secretary (DGC) usually becomes General Secretary (GS). Steve Sinott, Christine Blower and Kevin Courtney all won the election to be DGS and then went on to win the election for GS.

Ealing NEU agreed unanimously at a recent general meeting for all members to back Gawain and I personally urge you to take the time and vote for Gawain in this absolutely vital election.

Thanks Stefan Simms