Attendance on the Political School is intended to equip participants with a sound understanding of the political role of trade unions, the RMT’s political activity and our international work. Students on the course will consider how Branches and Regions can most effectively support national campaigns and develop local campaigning initiatives.
The Political School takes place mostly at the RMT National Education Centre at Doncaster, but also includes a trip to the UK Parliament at Westminster, with students staying overnight in Central London. The course is delivered by the union’s Political Officer, with the assistance of guest speakers, as well as MPs from our parliamentary group.
This residential school takes place twice a year, with the next one scheduled to run between Sunday 18 March and Friday 22 March 2018. Participants will be expected to arrive by the early evening of 18 March in Doncaster to meet fellow students at an evening buffet. The course will conclude in London on the morning of 22 March.
Branches are invited to now nominate one representative to attend the school. In doing so, please ensure that your nominee will definitely be able to attend the school. In the event of applications exceeding places available, the National Executive Committee will determine the successful applicants.
With regards to what information a nominee should provide in support of an application to participate on this course, the NEC has reached the following decision:
“This school is particularly beneficial to Branch and Regional Council Chairs, Secretaries and Officers and also members who already completed level one courses. All applications will however continue to be treated on their merits and the application form should be updated to obtain more information on the applicant’s union activity, previous courses attended, union positions held and reasons for attending the school.”
Please complete and return the attached form to nominate a representative and return by Thursday 30 November to the Policy Department based in our Head Office.