#NUT18 – Day 5 by Sarah Bedwell

The final day of #NUT18 kicked off with Motion 55: School Ratings Websites, which was amended by 55.1 and then carried. This was followed by  Motion 56: Building Unity Towards a Single Education Union, which seeks to further the professional unity that we already have with the NEU and continue to strengthen the position of teachers across the country. Motion 57: Young Teachers’ Place in the National Education Union was next, followed by Motion 58: Organising for the Future – Supporting Young Teachers in the NEU. This was amended by 58.1 before being carried.

We then went back to Motion 48: Boycott High Stakes, Summative Testing in Primary Schools, which was amended by 48.1 before being carried. 

Photo credit: Dawn Taylor

Next up was the Steve Sinnott Award, which was this year awarded to Julia Simpkins of Bolton.She has been nominated for her work in Palestine, developing relations with the UNRWA School at Nablus Askar camp. She has also been very active in promoting international solidarity events for International Women’s Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as regular Love Music Hate Racism events. 

The International Section was next, starting with Motion 59: Resistance in Latin America, which was amended by 59.1 before being passed. Motion 60: Global Education and the Education of Girls in Developing Countries was then moved but unfinished.

We went into unfinished business then, back to Motion 29: Greater London Pay. This was amended and carried. Motion 24: Support for Rural Schools was also amended and carried. The final motion of conference was Motion 51: Supply Teacher Executive Seat. There was heated debate once again on this motion and amendment 51.1 was lost before the main motion was still unfinished due to time.

One of the final items at the last ever NUT conference was a short film about the history of the National Union of Teachers.

Motion 61: Adoption of the Annual Report of the Executive was passed, and then Joint General Secretary of the NEU Kevin Courtney addressed conference. You can view his full speech below.

That wrapped up the final NUT conference and another busy five days. Campaigning is already being planned across Lancashire – there are a variety of events that you can support. Contact your local Association Secretary to find out more.