National Education Union

ATL, AMiE & National Education Union Experience

In 2019 I was elected to the NEU’s new Leadership National Council as a representative for the Yorkshire & Humber Region and I am Vice-Chair of the Council.

Previously I was President of the Association of Managers in Education during academic year 2017-18 and an Officer of ATL. I was a member of the National Education Union Joint Executive Council until December 2018 and was also a candidate in the NEU Executive Election for the Post-16 seat.

This page gives an overview of my education experience and some of my activities as a member of ATL, AMiE and the NEU.

You can see some of my latest blogs here:

Ethical Leadership Workshop

The Sector I Love is Fighting Back

Speaking at the FE Funding March and Rally – Parliament Square in October 2018.

I’ve worked in FE, HE in FE and 6th Form Colleges for more than 20 years and taught on a variety of post-16 courses including A-Level, vocational qualifications and HND/Degree level.

My roles in education have included:

  • Head of a number of departments (both large and small) including running a large creative faculty and working as Director of Arts in a large post-16 college
  • Course Leader
  • Lecturer
  • Personal Tutor
  • Work Placement Co-ordinator
  • Exam Invigilator
  • University External Examiner
  • Education Consultant, Coach, Trainer and Mentor.

My teaching experience is varied and has included English, Media Theory, Law and both practical and theoretical journalism skills and knowledge to students ranging from Level 2 up to honours degree level. I’ve also taught students aged 6 to 76 studying piano and ABRSM Music.

I was my college’s Line Lead for the Creative & Media Diploma liaising with schools and the Local Authority and taught some of the Level 3 units as well as the Extended Project qualification. This experience is proving to be very useful as we face significant curriculum change with the creation of T-Levels. My experience working with apprentices and employers is helpful here too.

I’ve also worked with hundreds of Sixth Form students studying a variety of creative A-levels based within my Faculty and I have also supported Sixth Form students undertaking vocational qualifications alongside their A-Levels and along with my team developed a curriculum offer to allow them to do this.

I now work freelance in a variety of contexts including working on behalf of Leeds Beckett University as a Coach for the Schools’ Mental Health Award. I also deliver CPD in leading and managing ethically with a focus on wellbeing and working with integrity and have designed online courses covering this area.  Other roles include working as an Interim Manager in post-16 Colleges, a Standards Verifier, a Consultant, Coach and Mentor. 

I have experience of teaching, support and management roles both permanent and temporary , full-time and part-time. I have an understanding of the world of work outside education too which is extremely important in the post-16 world where we need to work closely with industry. I worked as a reporter and sub-editor for a decade before moving into teaching and now self-employment.

I was a Governor for five years at a large, maintained 11-18 school, serving as Vice-Chair from 2017-19, and I gained a solid understanding of excellent school governance through that experience.

I’ve been a trade union member all my working life in the NUJ, UCU and AMiE/ATL. I was Mother of the Chapel for the NUJ (being a journalist for 11 years) and workplace representative for AMiE.

I am not afraid to speak out publically, at conferences, via blogs, on social media etc wherever I feel questions need to be asked. I am happy to challenge those in authority and stand up and be counted.

Examples of this include my blogs and conference speeches about the post-16 GCSE re-sit policy and my FE funding rallying cry in Parliament Square during #LoveOurColleges Week.

As AMiE President during academic year 2017-18 I was a vocal advocate of ethical leadership and helped create a Code of Conduct for Ethical Leaders. 

Some of the issues in Post-16 where I have spoken out:

  • Funding – I was involved in our EfFEctive Education campaign meeting MPs.
  • Staffing pay and conditions, casualisation of contracts, morale and wellbeing, CPD.
  • Regular, inadequately-planned curriculum change eg T-Levels.
  • Unethical Leadership.
  • Damaging policies such as GCSE resits.

TUC Congress speeches:

You can hear me speaking at TUC Congress about T-Levels and the GCSE re-sit policy in 2017. Starts at 3.05:24 here.

I also spoke about the importance of supporting and encouraging ethical leaders at TUC Congress in 2018 during the Public Services debate as I believe ethical leadership at all levels makes such a difference to all our working lives. Starts at 1.06:00 here.

I have experience as one of six Officers of ATL Section, as a member of ATL Section Executive and as a member of Joint Executive Council.

As a JEC member I worked with a group of dedicated colleagues to ensure ATL Section and NUT Section could move forward from January 1st, 2019, as a fully integrated National Education Union representing almost half-a-million people working in education.

As an Officer I’ve served on:

A variety of ATL section teams including:  AMiE Council as President and Chair
 ATL Officers Group ATL Executive
Policy Council Defence Committee
Hearings Support Staff Advisory Group

As an Officer I’ve attended and contributed to:

FE Advisory Group Standing Orders
General Purposes Committee Rules & Procedures

Represented ATL Section and AMiE at Conferences including:

ATL National Conference 2016, 2017, 2018 ATL Special Conference 2016
Association of Colleges Conference 2017 ATL Post-16 Conference 2017, 2018
ATL Women’s Conference 2018 AMiE Conference 2016, 2017
ATL Independent Schools Conference 2017 ATL Support Staff Conference 2018

Represented ATL/NEU on:

2019 Barnsley Delegate at NEU Conference 2018 Women’s TUC Delegation
2017 Green Party Conference

2017 & 2018 TUC Delegation

For further information:

Facebook Page: @JWhiteleyNEULeadership

Twitter: @JosieW_AMiE

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