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Presentations to Conference

Partnership With NUT

John Dixon an Assistant Secretary in the NUT addressed conference. He spoke about the partnership working between INTO, UTU, EIS and NUT. This has allowed facilities to be developed that allow teachers to transfer trade union membership between all parts of Britain and Ireland. He highlighted the challenges that face teachers in England with the growth of Academies and the breakdown of the central negotiating mechanisms for trade unions. He contrasted the level of engagement with trade unions between Michael Gove (Minister for Education in England) and John O’Dowd (Minister for Education Northern Ireland). He told conference how NUT are looking at developing different structures to develop participation. Traditionally structures reflected geographic boundaries; increasingly sectoral structures meet the requirements of the twenty-first century.

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INTO Working With UTU

INTO continues to work closely with the UTU. This partnership allows us to represent teachers in all sectors of education in Northern Ireland. One area that benefits from this close partnership working is SEN. President of UTU Diane Nugent, in her address to conference, spoke about the SEN Capacity building document. She highlighted how the changes might impact upon teachers in the classroom.

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Global Schoolroom

During Conference a presentation was made by Bridget Lyons on behalf of Global Schoolroom. The Global Schoolroom project works directly with teachers and communities to build a strong framework for high standards of teacher education. Once in place, the Global Schoolroom programme is designed to be sustained by local networks. Bridget Lyons, a retired teacher from Letterkenny, spoke about how the programme supports the training and professional development of the teaching workforce. Bridget has worked on a three year programme that has seen teachers from Ireland travel to North East India. The programme is always keen to recruit teacher to the scheme.

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