Reps  Courses 2017-2018

Types of courses

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Representatives (Stage 1):  Working Together

21st  & 22nd June  2018 AF001RYO18

 

This two day course equips NASUWT Representatives working in schools and academies covered by School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) with the essential knowledge, skills and confidence needed to carry out the role of trade union representative.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet other colleagues working in similar circumstances and to discuss common problems with a skilled tutor.

This is an ESSENTIAL foundation course for every NASUWT Representative.  Following successful completion of the course, the NASUWT will accredit participants as ‘Workplace Representatives’.

 

Representatives (Stage 1):  Working Together for Representatives in Academy Schools
12th & 13th March 2018 MH001RYO18

 

This two-day course is tailored especially for NASUWT Representatives working in Academy Schools not following the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD).  It equips NASUWT Representatives with the essential knowledge and skills to carry out the role of trade union representatives in these settings.  This is a perfect opportunity to meet with other colleagues working in similar circumstances and to discuss common problems with a skilled tutor.

This is an ESSENTIAL foundation course for every NASUWT Representative.  Following successful completion of the course, the NASUWT will accredit participants as ‘Workplace Representatives’.

 

Representatives (Stage 2):  Working Together
21st  & 22nd May 2018 AG001RYO18

 
This is a course for NASUWT Representatives in all educational settings who have completed Working Together (Stage 1).  

Experienced trade union tutors help participants acquire a deeper understanding of the issues facing teachers, particularly the context of individual and collective issues for NASUWT members.  The course helps participants develop the negotiating, casework-handling and organising skills needed to tackle issues in the modern workplace.
 

Reps Stage 3: Casework
5th & 6th March 2018 LA001RYO18

 

Dealing with members' problems can be challenging. This course focuses on skills essential in successfully handling the more complex problems that can come the way of Local Association Caseworkers. The course teaches how to deal with problems in a systematic manner; how to interview members; how to research documents and papers; and how to assemble a 'case'. There are opportunities to discuss issues with experienced tutors.  Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be accredited by the Union as a 'Casework Representative'. After achieving this accreditation it is important that Casework Representatives keep their skills and knowledge updated through attending relevant Casework Briefings (dates listed below).

Those who have completed Working Together (Stage 2) are eligible to apply for a place on these courses. 
 
Reps Stage 3: Negotiation
7th & 8th March 2018 LB001RYO18

 

Negotiation is a skill central to the role of any trade union representative.  This activity-based course teaches the theory and practice of negotiation in a structured, practical way.  Research into successful negotiating strategies is drawn upon and will inform discussions and activities.
 
The course allows NASUWT members to practise and develop negotiating skills in a safe and supportive environment.
 
Those who have completed Working Together (Stage 2), or who are actively engaged in negotiation at either Local Association or Federation level, are eligible to apply for a place on these courses.  

 

Reps Stage 4: Casework 
14th and 15th June 2018 LC001RYO18

 
This is a course for experienced NASUWT caseworkers. Using a mixture of simulation, presentation and discussion, participants examine a pay appeal issue on behalf of a fictional member. In the process, caseworkers discuss the nature of difficult decisions that have to be made; how to use procedures effectively; and how to access the Union's legal services appropriately.
 
Applicants will have already completed Casework (Stage 3) and have experience of handling members' cases. 
 
Reps Stage 4: Advocacy
4th & 5th July 2018 BD001RYO18

 
After developing the skills and competencies necessary to represent a member the members' case may have to be presented and argued before a third party, such as a governing body.
 
This course teaches the practical skills of organising and presenting a case orally; how best to argue the case; and how to effectively question witnesses.
 
Normally, applicants will be expected to have completed the Casework (Stage 3) course
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