Vote now for motions at Annual Conference.

Vote now for motions at Annual Conference.

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Dear Member

The NASUWT is committed to ensuring that all members are able to participate fully in Union activity and its democratic processes.

Please take this opportunity to make your voice heard and ensure that the issues you feel are the most important for teachers and the teaching profession are debated at the NASUWT’s Annual Conference 2016, the policy-making body of the Union.

Every member, whether they are attending the Conference or not, can participate in setting set the NASUWT’s policy for 2016-17 and beyond by voting in the ballot to choose which motions reflect the issues that are critical to the working lives of teachers and to the future of the education service.

Representatives from NASUWT Local Associations from across the UK gather at Annual Conference to discuss and vote on the motions balloted highest by members. This ensures that the Union’s focus is always on the issues most important to you.

You can cast your vote using a simple online voting system as detailed below:

Tips to ensure your voice is heard

1 Read the motions (Preliminary Agenda)

The motions are available for you to consider in the following formats:

  • to view online or print out at www.nasuwt.org.uk/motions.
  • a hardcopy will be delivered with your December edition of Teaching Today, if you have not opted to only receive an electronic copy. This will arrive over the Christmas holiday period in time to cast your vote before the closing date of noon on 25 January 2016.

2 The motions are grouped in sections under headings to help you look at the issues most important to you.

When viewing online, you can click on the individual section headings to go straight to your areas of interest.

3 The motions are numbered.

It is important when voting that you read the content of the motion because when motions are passed at Annual Conference it is the action the motion calls for, not the preamble, which then becomes NASUWT policy.

4 Keep a sample hardcopy version of the online voting form handy to mark the motions which interest you as you read them and then review before casting your vote online at www.nasuwt.org.uk/vote

Sample versions of the online voting form are available as detailed below:

  • online to print out at www.nasuwt.org.uk/sampleballotpaper
  • a sample hardcopy will be delivered with your December edition of Teaching Today which will arrive over the Christmas holiday period in time to cast your vote before the closing date of noon on 25 January 2016.
    NB: this does not apply if you have opted to only receive an electronic copy of Teaching Today.

5 Cast your vote online

You must cast your vote online as follows (if you have used the sample hardcopy of the voting form to assist you in making your selection please note that you cannot return the hardcopy of the voting form in the post):

a) Click on the link to the online voting form at www.nasuwt.org.uk/vote

The form has a space for your name and membership number and list of numbers which correspond with the numbers on the motions.

b) Enter your name and membership number.

This is needed for verification of entitlement-to-vote purposes. Forms without a name and membership number will not be included in the ballot.

c) Vote for up to 12 motions that you would like to be debated at NASUWT Annual Conference 2016.

The form will not allow you to vote for more than 12 motions but will allow you to vote for fewer than 12 motions.

d) When you are happy with your selection press send to register your vote

6 Remember you must cast your vote online by noon on 25 January 2016.

 

7 Check the result of the ballot

The result of the ballot will be published in the Annual Conference section of the Union’s website on 1 February 2016 with the title Provisional Agenda.

Whether you will be attending Conference 2016 or not, please take this opportunity to contribute to this important event which enables your Union to continue to be the voice of the teaching profession on issues that affect teachers’ working lives and the education of children and young people.

Best wishes


Chris Keates
General Secretary

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