These courses are offered to elected NASUWT School/College Representatives. The Union pays all expenses associated with the course. Assistance with carer expenses can be given to those attending courses.
In most cases, Representatives are entitled by statute to reasonable time off work with pay in order to receive the training offered. Any difficulty in securing time off with pay should be reported to the NASUWT Local Association Secretary or Regional/National Centre.
Representatives (Stage 1): Working together
This well-resourced, two-day course equips NASUWT Representatives with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to carry out the role of trade union representative in a school setting. 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 1): For Representatives in Independent Schools
This two-day course is tailored especially for NASUWT Representatives working in independent schools. It equips NASUWT School Representatives with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the role of trade union representative 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 in an independent setting. Following successful completion of the course, the NASUWT will accredit participants as ‘Workplace Representatives’.
Representatives (Stage 2): Working Together
This is an innovative course for experienced NASUWT Representatives in all kinds of schools who have completed Working Together (Stage 1).
Experienced trade union tutors will help participants to acquire a deeper understanding of issues facing teachers, particularly in considering the context of individual issues for members and collective issues. The course also enables participants to develop the negotiating, casework handling and organising skills needed to tackle real issues in the workplace.
Representatives (Stage 3): Negotiation
Negotiation is central to the role of any trade union representative at any level. This activity-based course teaches the theory and practice of negotiation in a structured and entertaining way. Research into successful negotiating strategies conducted by the Harvard Negotiation Project is drawn upon to inform the discussions and activities.
Learning the techniques practised in this course will maximise your chances of securing the best outcome in any negotiation. Those who have completed Working Together (Stage 2) or who are actively engaged in negotiation at Local Association or Federation level are eligible to apply for a place on these courses. The course usually needs at least six participants to run.
Representatives (Stage 3): Casework
Dealing with members’ problems is never easy. This course introduces handling the more complex problems that 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 how to assemble a ‘case’.
There is plenty of opportunity to discuss issues with experienced tutors. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be accredited by the Union as a ‘Casework Representative’ across their Local Association. Following this accreditation, it is important that Casework Representatives keep their skills updated through attending relevant Casework Briefings, which are listed on page 33 of this booklet.
Those who have completed Working Together (Stage 2) are eligible to apply for a place on these courses. The course usually needs at least six participants to run.
Representatives (Stage 4): Casework
This is a course for experienced NASUWT caseworkers. By a mixture of simulation, presentation and discussion, participants will deal with a very complex and serious issue on behalf of a fictional member. In the process, caseworkers will examine the nature of difficult decisions that have to be made, how to use procedures effectively and how to access the Union’s legal services in appropriate cases.
Normally, applicants will have completed Casework (Stage 3) and have significant experience of handling members’ cases. The course usually needs at least three participants to run.
Preparing a case can be just the first stage in helping a member. In many circumstances, the case has to be presented and argued before a third party, such as a governing body.
This course will teach, in a very practical way, how to present a case orally, how to argue the case and how to question witnesses. Normally, applicants will be expected to have completed the Casework (Stage 3) course. The course usually needs at least four participants to run.