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The D.T.A. Constitution

As a charity The D.T.A. must provide a constitution outlining the aims of the charity and rules for its committee members to follow

This constitution has been agreed by the following committee members:
 
Mrs Treley Woolger        8th October 2005
 
Mr Trevor Cope              8th October 2005
 
Mrs Julie Bennett           9th October 2005
 
 

The Constitution of
The Dyslexic Teachers' Association

(1)     Charity Details:

(1.1)   The Charities name is:

 The Dyslexic Teachers’ Association, or The  

 D.T.A.

(1.2)   The Director of The D.T.A. is:

                   Mrs. Treley Emma Woolger

 

(1.2)   The committee members of The D.T.A.

          are:                  

Mrs Treley Woolger

Mrs Julie Bennett

Mr Trevor Cope

Mr Giles Millner

(2.1)  The Dyslexic Teachers’ Association and its committee aims to fulfil the following objects:

 

          (2.11) To promote that “reasonable adjustments” are made in schools across the UK, to help Teachers with Dyslexia, in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

 

          (2.12) To offer support and guidance to Teachers, Trainee Teachers and Teaching Assistants with Dyslexia and related SpLD in the UK.

 

          (2.13) To offer support and guidance to Mentors, Tutors and Heads of department who support dyslexic Teachers.

 

          (2.14) To offer guidance to colleagues of Teachers with

          Dyslexia.

 

          (2.15) To educate L.E.A.s, Schools and Teachers about dyslexia and how it affects Teachers.

 

          (2.16) To provide a network across the UK for Teachers with Dyslexia.    

 

          (2.17) To promote awareness of the existence of Dyslexic Teachers.

 

(2.2)  To fulfil these objects the D.T.A. will provide:

 

          (2.21) A website which will include:   

   

          (a)      Information on what Dyslexia is, and how it

          affects teachers.

 

          (b)     Information on the Disability Discrimination

          Act.

 

          (c)      Resources and strategies for teachers with

          Dyslexia.

 

          (d)     A forum where teachers can share ideas and

          ask questions.

 

          (e)      Information and guidance for Mentors, about what they can do to help.

 

          (f)      Information and guidance for colleagues.

 

         (g)     Links to other sites on dyslexia and related  

         SpLD’s.

 

          (2.22) An e-mail help service for Teachers with Dyslexia and Mentors, Heads or colleagues with questions.

 

(2.3)  It is the intention that in the future The D.T.A. with also provide:

 

          (2.31) Seminars and Workshops:

 

(a)      For Teachers with Dyslexia:

On strategies to cope with Dyslexia.

On self-confidence.

 

(b)     For Mentors:

On how to effectively mentor a Teacher with Dyslexia.

 

(c)      For Schools and LEAs:

On how to support dyslexic teachers in schools.

 

          (2.3.2) A help line, for teachers who need    

           emergency advice or support.

 

          (2.3.3) A monthly newsletter, including developments

          in Dyslexia and new strategies and resources.

(3)     Powers

 

          (3.1)   Designated committee members have the power to contact schools, LEAs and other organisations to provide advice about and for Dyslexic Teachers.

 

          (3.2) Designated committee members have the power to give advice and support to individual Dyslexic Teachers under the banner of The D.T.A.

 

          (3.3) The committee have the power to apply for funding for activities and resources such as the website, telephone lines and seminars in accordance to the guidelines of decisions outlined in section (9).

 

          (3.4) The committee members have the power to publicise and promote the awareness and understanding of Dyslexic Teachers.

 

          (3.5) The committee members have the power to arrange meetings, in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

          (3.6) The committee members have the power to refuse membership to The D.T.A. in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

          (3.7) The committee members have the power to amend this constitution in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

(4)     The Committee

 

          (4.1)   All committee members must participate in the running of The D.T.A.

 

          (4.2)   All committee members must:

 

(a)      Agree to work towards the objects of The D.T.A.

 

(b)     Have experience in the field of Dyslexia, have familiarity with the UK Education system, and be prepared to undertake initial training, provided through the DTA, to enhance their knowledge.

 

(c)      Endeavour to see that The D.T.A.’s finances are used appropriately, lawfully and in accordance with its objects, by reviewing the annual finance report and making appropriate decisions in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

(d)     Work co-operatively with other members of the committee.

 

(e)      Be in regular contact with each other, through e-mail, meetings, telephone or written mail.

 

(f)      Have awareness of current issues, ideas and theories regarding Dyslexia.

 

         (4.3)   The committee members must not:

 

(a)      Knowingly put themselves in any danger, financially, physically or mentally in relation to The D.T.A.

 

(b)     Knowingly put anyone involved in the D.T.A. in danger financially, physically or mentally.

 

(c)      Knowingly give out wrong or inaccurate advice on behalf of The D.T.A.

 

(d)     Be discourteous to anyone involved in The D.T.A.

 

(e)      Gain financially from The D.T.A. unless contracted by the D.T.A. to provide a service.

         

          (4.4)   Committee members will be appointed by the Director.

 

          (4.5)   In taking appointment as a committee member of The D.T.A. the committee member will receive a copy of this constitution by e-mail. To accept their position they must agree to all terms outlined in this constitution and reply sending a copy of the constitution with the final paragraph filled in.  This is an electronic signature and is binding.

 

         (4.6)   Any committee member who does not conform to the regulations stated in this governing document will be dismissed following the guidelines under section (4.7) of this document.

 

          (4.7)   In the event of a committee member having to be dismissed from the governing body, a meeting will be held to discuss the individual situation and agree an action in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9). If a committee member is dismissed they will no longer hold any responsibly to The D.T.A.

 

          (4.8)   If a committee member decides to leave or is dismissed from the governing body of The D.T.A. they will sign an agreement that they no longer hold any responsibility to The D.T.A.

 

          (4.9)   All decisions made by the committee members must be in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section. (9)

(5)     Meetings

 

          (5.1)   At least one Meeting will be held each year to discuss how the objects of The D.T.A. have been fulfilled and improvements for the next year. This will be the Annual General Meeting, A.G.M.

 

          (a)      The A.G.M. will be held at the end of the academic year, or after the 30th June, and before the start of the autumn term, or before the 1st September.

 

          (b)     The A.G.M. will be held in a central location. This may mean that some committee members will have to travel further than others. This is unavoidable.

 

          (5.2)   Other meetings will also be held in various locations when there is a need.

 

         (5.3)  Meetings can be called by any committee member for the following reasons:

 

          (a)      For committee members to read material or sign documents, including cheques.

 

          (b)     New developments in fulfilling the objects of the charity.

 

          (c)      Any problems or issues.

 

          (d)     To organise events.

 

          (e)      Other reasons to be first agreed in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

         (5.4)   Minutes will be taken at all meetings and distributed to all committee members.

 

          (5.5)   A meeting must consist of at least two committee members, and the director. This constitutes a quorum, where decisions can be made without the agreement of other members.

 

          (5.6)   Members of the D.T.A. may also be present at meetings, where it is agreed.

 

          (5.7)   Notice of meetings must be given to all committee members and members at least 10 days before the meeting. 

(6)     Membership

 

When membership to The D.T.A. is established the following regulations will apply:

 

          (6.1)   All committee members must have paid current membership subscription to The D.T.A.

 

          (6.2)   Committee members have the right to refuse membership to anyone, providing an agreement is made in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

          (6.3)   Membership to the D.T.A. will require a payment which will go to the charity fund.

 

          (6.4)   Membership rates will be decided by the committee members, and can be changed at any time, in accordance to the outlines guidelines for decisions outlined section (9)

 

          (6.5)   The benefits of membership are:

 

          (a)      A monthly newsletter including personal stories, events, strategies, news and information.

 

          (b)     Reduced rates to events.

 

          (c)      Input in to the decision making of The D.T.A. including attending meetings.

 

         (d)     An initial information pack.

 

         (e)      Members only events.

 

          (6.6)   Any person wishing to join The D.T.A. as a member may do so, they do not have to be involved in education or be Dyslexic themselves.

 

          (6.7)   Membership will expire exactly one year after payment and can be renewed.

(7)     Finances

 

          (7.1)   All finances are the responsibility of the designated committee members.

 

         (7.2)   Designated committee members will have access to the account; all other members will have access to account details on request.

 

          (7.3)   All committee members must be informed of any expenditure over 10 prior to monies being taken from the account in accordance to guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

          (7.4)   All committee members must be informed of any income from membership or funding on a regular basis.

 

          (7.5)   At least two designated committee members’ signatures will be required for cheques.

 

         (7.6)   At no exception should the monies from the account be used for any purpose other than to fulfil the objects of The D.T.A.

 

         (7.7)   In the event of dissolution, all of the monies in the account will go to a chosen and agreed dyslexia related charity in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

         (7.8)   Under no circumstances will The D.T.A. borrow money without unanimous agreement of all of the committee in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

 

         (7.9)   A small petty cash float will be kept at the Directors residence (as shown in 1.2) for expenditure under 10. This float will never be more than 40.

 

         (7.10) Any expenditure claims from committee members will be paid by cheque after a receipt has been seen by the treasurer or the director.

 

(8)     Holding of land

 

         (8.1)   The D.T.A. does not hold land. In the event that The D.T.A. buy or acquire land or property, guidelines will be drawn up by the committee in accordance to the guidelines for decisions outlined in section (9)

(9)     Decisions

 

         (9.1)   Decisions regarding the running of The D.T.A. can be made through the following communication:

 

                   (a)      At A.G.M.s or other meetings

 

                   (b)     Through e-mail contacts

 

         (c)      Through telephone contact and confirmed in writing or by e-mail

 

         (d)     Through written contact

 

All agreements must be finalised by e-mail contact or in the minutes of a meeting and be available to all committee members.

 

          (9.2)   If a decision does not require unanimous agreement (9.5) the following rules apply: 

 

          (a)      In the case of a meeting: The decision goes with the majority (51%) of committee members present at the meeting, or who have made prior contact regarding the decision.

 

          (b)     in the case of other contact: The decision goes with the majority (51%) of committee members who have made prior contact regarding the decision before the prescribed deadline.

 

          (9.3)   The following decisions can be made by the Director without agreement by the Committee:

 

                   (a)      Spending of money below 10.

 

         (b)     Publication of The D.T.A. to any individual, company, school or to the press.

 

         (c)      All decisions outlined in (9.6) in accordance to the guidelines written there.

 

         (9.4)   For communication through e-mail or other written contact the following rules apply:

 

         (a)      Proposals and opinions about proposals should be submitted by committee members to the director before a prescribed deadline.  

 

         (b)      of the e-mails received by the Director at least 50% of them must agree to a decision before it can be made.

 

         (c)     Deadlines will be between 48 hours and 7 days.

 

         (d)      A reply to an e-mail with the words “I [name] support / I [name] do not support this proposal” is accepted as an electronically binding.

         

 

          (9.5)  The following decisions require unanimous agreement by the committee:

         

                   (a)      The purchase of Land

         

         (b)     The borrowing or lending of monies

 

         (c)      The dissolution of The D.T.A.

 

          (9.6)   The following actions do not have to have the agreement of the committee, however all committee members must be notified within 48 hours:

         

         (a)      The amendment of The D.T.A. website

 

         (b)     Communicating with anyone who has contacted you as a committee member of The D.T.A.

 

          (c)      Publicising The D.T.A. to members of the public who you do not have a personal or professional connection with. (Please use your own judgement here, for example, it would be advisable to let people know if you have asked someone to contact us).

(10)   Communications

 

         (10.1) All communication from a committee member representing the D.T.A. must be done in accordance to these rules:

 

        (a)    As a committee member you are responsible for the information that you give out. You are not currently covered by the indemnity insurance of The D.T.A. – You may acquire your own indemnity insurance if you wish.

 

        (b)    You must use professional language in all communications related to The D.T.A.

 

        (c)    All e-mails, written to people who you do not know personally or professionally, publicising The D.T.A., must be written from The D.T.A’s current e-mail address.

 

        (d)    All e-mails, written to people who you don’t know personally or professionally, offering advice on behalf of The D.T.A., must be written from The D.T.A’s current e-mail address.

 

        (e)    All e-mails offering information, advice and/or guidance (IAG) must start with the following phrase, or similar according to your position:

 

“The opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of someone who does not hold official qualifications in the field of dyslexia, but is a dyslexic teacher, with an understanding of the problems that are faced by dyslexic students and teachers, and a willingness to see that teachers with dyslexia are fairly treated. I hope that the advice and information in this e-mail is helpful to you, however I accept no responsibility for the outcome.”

 

This does not cover you in law.

 

        (f)     All e-mails written from The D.T.A. e-mail address must end with the following phrase, or similar:

 

“If you think that you are receiving this e-mail in error, or do not want any further information from the Dyslexic Teacher’s Association, please send an e-mail saying “STOP” to dyslexicteachers@yahoo.co.uk”

 

        (g)    All other written communications must include similar and relevant phrases to those written above, and be written on paper including The D.T.A. logo.

NOTES

  • Where The D.T.A. is mentioned in this constitution, it refers to The Dyslexic Teachers’ Association as a charity and organisation.
  • Where the committee members are mentioned in this constitution, it refers to all appointed decision makers of The D.T.A. including the director, unless stated separately.
  • Where a “Designated members” is mentioned this refers to a committee member whom the director has officially asked to perform a specific role. 
  • Where the director is mentioned in this constitution, it refers to Mrs Treley Woolger as the director of The D.T.A.
  • Indemnity Insurance for the Committee members of The D.T.A. is being looked into – once we have funding it will be ensured that all committee members are covered by this.

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