National Union of Teachers Annual Conference 2009
The National Union of Teachers was established at a meeting at King’s College London on 25th June 1870 as the National Union of Elementary Teachers (NUET) to represent all school teachers in England and Wales. After toying with the idea of changing the name to the National Union of English Teachers the name National Union of Teachers (NUT) was finally adopted at Annual Conference in April 1889. The National Union of Teachers is now the largest teachers’ union in England and Wales.
The Union organises an Annual Conference where members come together to share ideas and debate policy. This is an important forum for the Union’s democratic process and public image. While it is a closed event for members and invited guests only (some of whom are senior members of government) the Conference receives wide media attention, including television coverage. It usually appears on prime time television news and current affairs.
The 2009 conference was held over the Easter weekend at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and marked the 139th conference of the NUT. After a successful tender process in late 2008, Comtec were appointed as the stage set and AV contractor.
The stage set design had to reflect the Union’s role as a major, forward-looking, professional organisation. With the conference running for 5 days it must also be visually attractive, innovative and be conceived in the context of televised images being appropriately clear and prestigious. It must also be functional and include a formal top table for 16 people and allow space for a second row of tables and chairs and a signer.