At each NEC meeting there are three areas for discussion:
Gary also stated that in his career there had been a recurring theme – flexibility.
Working for BATOD members
BATOD has been asked the question, ‘what is statutory?’ There is no blueprint of what a service should look like. The Association has prepared a paper entitled 'If not statutory then essential', which is an attempt to ensure that local authorities are not merely reduced to a minimum level of service. This can be found in the open part of the website. BATOD wishes to continue to provide guidance to enable ToDs to be proactive.
Working with partners
The ‘stronger together’ ethos has been evident through links with VIEW; Sue Frazer represented BATOD at the VIEW AGM in the North West. Judy Sanderson, Co-President of VIEW, will attend our June and September NEC meetings based in London. There is much more which can be developed together. BATOD is a key partner in NatSIP, and Paul Simpson is a member of the Reference Group. Lindsey Rousseau, the facilitator, will be running the plenary session at the end of the Conference. NatSIP has made it through to the last stage of the bidding process to access £200,000 from the DfE to support its work for the next two years. BATOD will be stronger for it.
Working with government
The White Paper – The Importance of Teaching – was published last September and BATOD has now received the Green Paper on Special Educational Needs and Disability. There has been a lot to read about since it was published on 10 March. Paul Simpson and Alison Weaver attended the launch. There is a four-month window to respond to this Green Paper. We do not yet know a lot about the details.
These are the five areas which have been considered:
Gary expressed his thanks to the Steering Group and the National Executive Council for giving up so much time. He also expressed his sincere thanks to Paul as BATOD’s only paid employee and Ann Underwood and the team for organising the Conference. He looked forward to a very successful year ahead.
The Peter Preston Audiology Award
Colleagues who have worked in the North East and in BATOD will know of Peter Preston. He brought great wisdom to NEC. Due to the generosity of his family an annual award has been established in his memory. Jo Franklin is to receive the award.
Judith Futers stated that she and Peter’s son, John, were delighted to be present. She said how much they missed Peter but that they were very pleased to give the award. John presented Jo with her award. Jo thanked them for the award, adding she was extremely grateful for this honour.
The Eichholz Prize
Deb Kent was presented with this award, which is for a top-performing student. Deb is a post-graduate student who has been studying at Birmingham University. She was congratulated for her hard work and achievement.
Mary Grace Wilkins Travelling Scholarship
Bev reported that the guidelines are very restrictive and the Trustees are looking at ways to lessen these restrictions. The current trustees, although no longer teaching, are members of BATOD and seek new trustees who have more involvement in education today to join them. Anyone interested should contact the Treasurer.
Acceptance of Treasurer’s report
The accounts were approved, having been proposed by Liz Reed-Beadle and seconded by Sue Archbold.
Appointment of auditors
Bev proposed the adoption of the same auditors and this was passed. Mary Fortune will take over as Treasurer on 1 August 2011.