North Tyneside Local Association

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North Tyneside represented at the NASUWT 2022 Annual Conference in Birmingham!

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Five bloody brilliant women took to the stage at the NASUWT Annual conference in Birmingham this year. Each teacher spoke on a motion that North Tyneside had put forward, including two first time speakers.

Our motion on Anti-far initiatives made it to the Guardian and the Times, it being a very important topic that needs to be addressed in schools.

We also presented motions on Pay, Curriculum and Qualification, funding for educational settings and rule changes to update our union. 45% of the agenda came from the North East and is due in a large part to our participation in a Mock conference where we discuss and devise motions to put to conference on the issues that affect us as professionals. It is a fabulous way to feel the strength of the union and that we have an organisation that has our backs.

From left to right:

Joy Doble

Julia Devine

Candy Mellor

Rachel Minto

Michelle Maidment

representing all sections of the

profession in North Tyneside.

Annual Conference 2023

Friday 15th April – Monday 18th April, Glasgow.

North Tyneside has a proud history of representation at Annual conference.

Contact Candy Mellor for more information.

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Durham Miners' Gala

Durham Miners' Gala is on Saturday 9th July. Members can join us by meeting outside the Radisson Hotel at 8.30am.

Our General Secretary, Dr Patrick Roach, will be joining other Trade Union Leaders from key worker unions to talk on the big stage. Speeches start at 1pm.


Newcastle Pride

NASUWT North Tyneside and North East have a proud tradition of taking part in the Pride events around the North East. Once again the events are back on, with Newcastle Pride (which is National Pride) falling on Saturday 23rd July. Come and join us for the parade and wave our flags. We have the excellent drummers Drumdin to support us for the parade.

We want every School Rep to bring along as many colleagues as possible, with each association bringing 10 people at the very least. We want this to be the biggest and best Pride event since pre-pandemic.

Please come along and show support for LGBTQi colleagues and members.

The picture shows two NASUWT members in a frame which is a rainbow pattern with the words 'Coming out for teachers with Pride' written on it.
There are NASUWT members waving NASUWT flags, some are carrying a rainbow banner emblazoned with a rainbow and the words 'Coming out for teachers with pride' written on it. They are following the band Drumdin at the Pride Parade in 2019.

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 1st July North Tyneside Inter School Quiz, 8pm at Seahorse Bar;

  • Saturday 9th July Durham miners' Gala;

  • Saturday 23rd July Newcastle PRIDE;

  • Friday 30th September - 1st October Mock Conference, Boldon Colliery.

  • Saturday19th November North East Regional Conference, Radisson Blu, Durham;

  • Friday 15th April - Monday 18th April 2023: Annual Conference, Glasgow.

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Recently, I have been binge-watching Lawless Island, the National Geographic docuseries following the residents of a remote village in the Alaskan wilderness as they aim to preserve a disappearing way of life. As another harsh winter approaches in this unforgiving terrain, the community must work together to hunt food, build homes and repair the rapidly deteriorating infrastructure before its too late and the cruel hand of nature strikes.

And I look on with nothing but complete envy!

Now, I have been teaching for a long time. A very, very, very long time. When I started teaching my primary concern was distinguishing the chalk on my padded shoulders from the dandruff that my Vosene simply could not contend with. Yet here I am still: same school, same position, same dandruff and the same blind faith that the next senior team might see something in me worthy of merit.

But nothing changes, or maybe one thing has: we're no longer rewarded with a pat on the back, just a sharper knife in it. They have stopped giving me interviews now: I meet almost all of the person criteria, minus one fundamental vogue in modern leadership: candidate should be made of plasticine or other malleable modelling material (essential).

And with each and every failed application, I just keep thinking about how I'd like to escape to that bleak Alaskan tundra, to that beautiful, desperate fight for survival where plasticine people need not apply. But, in the meantime another harsh academic year approaches in this unforgiving terrain, and the community must work together to hunt for better working conditions, build unity and repair a rapidly deteriorating infrastructure before it is too late and the cruel hand of bureaucracy strikes.

If you would like to write a Secret Teacher article for us (anonymously) and enjoy a good rant; happy, sad, annoyed, frustrated, funny .......whatever you are feeling about your life as an educator send it to

Secret Teacher of North Tyneside

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