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UPDATE: UPE Raises Trade Dispute & Directives Over New End-of-Year Reporting System For Nurture Groups

Corrigendum: There was an error in the dates, which has now been rectified.

As the academic year draws to a close, schools are presently occupied with concluding their work and assessing student accomplishments. When it comes to nurture groups, this means suspending the regular class sessions and concentrating on paperwork like Boxall’s Reports and ILPs. Generally, the group works together autonomously to coordinate the preparation of Boxall’s Reports, thereby lessening the burden of class teachers during this time.

However, this year sees some changes to the traditional workflow. While there is a reduced lesson time requirement, teachers have been asked to offer the same level of services throughout the whole month of June. As such, correction periods have been designated for paperwork, leaving many teachers feeling overwhelmed and unable to meet the deadline for submitting end-of-year reports, which is Friday, 16th June 2023.

Unfortunately, the new system implemented this year is causing severe difficulty due to the sudden changes. Beyond the previously mentioned facts, Nurture Groups have also been assigned replacement lessons as well as invigilation duties during exam periods, leaving them with even less time to prepare their annual reports.

In previous years, these issues were never a problem. For this reason, the union is registering a trade dispute related to this matter. The Union recommends that Nurture Groups revert to the previous year’s practices, as current procedures during the month of June are untenable. The Union will also issue the following directives effective from Thursday, 15th June 2023:

Nurture Group members of the UPE will not comply with the deadline established by the Ministry of Education to submit reports on 16th June 2023, but will submit reports as per last year’s timeline.

Nurture Group members of the UPE will not comply with any new extensions to the deadline, but will submit reports as per last year’s timeline.

Nurture Group members of the UPE will not invigilate during the exam period, but on the contrary, work on their final reports.

In conclusion, the new end-of-year reporting system has caused significant concerns for Nurture Groups, leading to a trade dispute that requires attention from the stakeholders concerned. The Union will make sure that its directives will address these issues promptly, in the best interests of all parties involved.

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