#NUT18 – Day 1 by Sarah Bedwell

Yesterday saw the beginning of the final NUT Section Annual Conference, with the first NEU conference taking place next year. Always a short session, the first motion was to agree the minutes of #NUT17, before the new national president, Kiri Tunks, was installed and a vote of thanks was given for out-going president Louise Regan. 

We then heard from a variety of special guests to conference. First up was a video message from General Union of Palestinian Teachers General Secretary Saed Erziqat, which was followed by a speech from Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion. Following on from Wilson was Joanna De Groot, president of UCU, who talked about their on-going industrial action taking place across the UK.

Next up were moving speeches from Sirazul & Nijam U Mohammad, Rohingya students who told us about the very real struggles that they have endured, not just for their education but for their very survival. 

Lastly was a message from Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner. 

We then accepted a series of reports before the final guest speaker of the session, children’s author Michael Rosen, a long-time supporter of the NUT.

We have a very busy few days ahead, with a lot of business to get through. Check back daily for more updates.