About Bradford NUT
We are the largest teachers’ union in the Bradford District, as well as in the country. Our service to members is unrivalled.
Office and Officers
The Bradford NUT Office, at 22 Edmund Street (100 yards from the Photography Museum, click here for details) is staffed every day of the week. Advice and support are only a visit or a local phonecall away. Our local officers have worked for many years in Bradford schools, and have vast experience of representing their colleagues.
Why do you need us?
Every year we help hundreds of members concerned about conditions of service, Fixed Term Contracts, salaries, ill-health, parental complaints, disciplinary matters, threat of redundancy, pensions, and a wide range of school-related problems.
A problem frequently experienced by new teachers is in the calculation of their start-up salary. We can give you advice and assistance in determining whether you are being paid the right amount and correcting any errors. No other union can offer an equivalent level of support.
Regional and National Support
Our Yorkshire Regional Office provides additional specialist support in the fields of maternity leave, sickness, legal problems and industrial tribunals. Ours is the only Union with its own specialist team of Regional Solicitors. Further support with local as well as national issues is available from our London Head Office.
Benefits and Services
The NUT nationally offers a wide range of benefits and services. These include:
- four collective policies giving members automatic cover for Personal Accident, Hospitalisation, Personal Property and Cash and Malicious Damage to Vehicles;
- free Countdown Discount card and Countdown Travel Service;
- discounted rates for Green Flag Rescue service;
- free legal cover for personal injury claims for you and your family away from work.
Keeping you in touch
We make sure that all our members are kept up to date with issues that affect them. We have a regular Newsletter which goes out to every member from the local branch of the Union. The National Union produces a magazine which goes out eight times a year to every member.
Now, In Bradford, You Need A Union
Bradford is a vibrant city, but there is no doubt that working in its education system presents many challenges.
Bradford has tremendous problems of poverty and disadvantage, which its teachers work very hard to address. Their efforts are not always properly appreciated by the media, by the Government or by OFSTED. They need a strong voice to speak up for them.
The effects can still be felt of Bradford’s recent massive school reorganisation, and the current reorganisation of Special Education.
Serco, a private company with little educational background, now delivers a whole range of services to schools on behalf of the Council, including personnel advice and support. Teachers and Soulbury staff working for it continue to experience major upheavals and uncertainties.
The current teacher shortage, which affects a significant number of Bradford schools, means that the protection from unreasonable demands that a union can provide is more important than ever.
- We have a team of experienced negotiators whose job is to protect your interests in any discussions with your school, Serco or the LEA.
- We have a team of safety representatives trained to identify the dangers, difficulties and stresses arising from the massive school building programme which has taken place in Bradford and from the many old school buildings which remain. Our local officers will then act promptly to protect you and your pupils.
- We will use our collective strength and our negotiating experience to protect teachers from unreasonable workload or working arrangements.
Helping New Teachers:
We are here to help you during your induction.
We are here to help you if you are new to Britain.
We are here to help you if you are qualifying "on the job".
Bradford’s Active, Campaigning Union
Temporary and Fixed-Term Contracts
If you are on a fixed term contract it is
very important that you have the backing of the NUT in securing permanence and ensuring that you are protected from such things as unfair treatment and unfair dismissal.
Securing Fair Pay
We continue to campaign against the Government’s unfair and damaging system of Performance Related Pay. At the same time we make sure that teachers who apply to cross the Threshold and move up the Post-Threshold spine have the best advice and support in doing so.
Education for a Multicultural City
The NUT in Bradford is committed to securing an education system that teaches respect for the rights and cultures of children of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, and that is funded and organised to maximise the achievement of all children.
We act swiftly to protect members against violence and harassment at work.
Thanks in large measure to the NUT, Bradford remains one of a diminishing number of Authorities where no permanent teacher has been made compulsorily redundant. You need a strong union if we are to maintain this record.
Workload, Bureaucracy, Planning
Unlike other unions, we believe that only qualified teachers should teach classes.
We have the protection of a ballot to resist excessive work where necessary, including that arising from the use of unqualified staff.
Ending SATs and League Tables
These have damaged the education system in England for too long. We campaign to replace them with professional systems of assessment and evaluation
Teacher Support Network - Helping Teachers
- Sickness, accidents, bereavements, family complications, stress at work - there are a whole host of problems which bring unexpected financial and emotional difficulties in their wake.
- The Teacher Support Network (formerly known as the Teachers’ Benevolent Fund) can often help in such circumstances by providing counselling, financial and other assistance for serving teachers and their dependants, as well as for retired colleagues.
It also organises residential care.
- The TSN complements statutory agencies - particularly in areas of need too delicate for official handling, or outside the confines of the welfare state.
- Our local TSN Secretary or the national helpline can always be contacted with complete confidentiality.
- Teacherline provides confidential counselling to thousands of stressed teachers every year. (Freephone 08000 562 561)