Meeting opened quorate at 5.00pm
John presented the budget for 2001 and the projection for 2002. The meeting received the balance sheet and thanked John for his work over the year. It was agreed to reduce the local sub to 20% next year unless head office reduced our grant meanwhile.
Ian also reported the results of the NEC elections. He and Hazel Danson of Kirklees were returned unopposed. Ian welcomed Hazel to the meeting.
They explained that they negotiate with schools about structures and strategies to support pupils.
This may involve whole school approaches to, e.g., bullying, the inclusion agenda and vulnerable groups, etc. Staff support and well being are also raised with management. Distressed children need relationships with adults that counteract feelings of lack of trust and vulnerability. These relationships take consider emotional energy from staff and to be able to keep that momentum going means teachers must take care of themselves.
We have permission from the DfES to guard our health and well being. The latest white paper talks of valuing and supporting teachers. Similarly the National Healthy Schools Standard, which promotes children's mental health, has as a key characteristics a culture of trust and integrity - teachers have to be valued.
Teacher well being is at the heart of the IBA team's work with schools. They likened teachers to camels drinking at the wells of well being in the holidays and hoping that this will last them through the desert of term time. Circle time is one way in which a more consistent approach to teacher well being is addressed in some schools.
Scrutineers: Helen Chapman, Jeremy Gibbon, Joyce Baruch, Sab Dehl, John Howarth and Jane Rendle.
Equal Opportunities Committee: Paul Grist and all previous members.
Membership: Ian, John, Jane and Stuart.
Delegates to Trades Council (Bradford): Joyce Baruch, Jane Rendle, Paul Grist, Ian Murch, Denis White.
Delegates to Trades Council (Keighley): Steve Boddy
P.A.C.: Helen Chapman, Jeremy Gibbon, John Howarth, Vernon Addison, Ian Murch and Jane Rendle.
Message of support to Arriva workers and NUJ members at T & A 25/1 and 31/1.
Meeting closed 7.05pm.
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