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#NUT18 – Day 5 by Sarah Bedwell

The final day of #NUT18 kicked off with Motion 55: School Ratings Websites, which was amended by 55.1 and then carried. This was followed by  Motion 56: Building Unity Towards a Single Education Union, which seeks to further the professional unity that we already have with the NEU and continue to strengthen the position of teachers across the country. Motion 57: Young Teachers’ Place in the National Education Union was next, followed by Motion 58: Organising for the Future – Supporting Young Teachers in the NEU. This was amended by 58.1 before being carried.

We then went back to Motion 48: Boycott High Stakes, Summative Testing in Primary Schools, which was amended by 48.1 before being carried. 

Photo credit: Dawn Taylor

Next up was the Steve Sinnott Award, which was this year awarded to Julia Simpkins of Bolton.She has been nominated for her work in Palestine, developing relations with the UNRWA School at Nablus Askar camp. She has also been very active in promoting international solidarity events for International Women’s Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, as well as regular Love Music Hate Racism events. 

The International Section was next, starting with Motion 59: Resistance in Latin America, which was amended by 59.1 before being passed. Motion 60: Global Education and the Education of Girls in Developing Countries was then moved but unfinished.

We went into unfinished business then, back to Motion 29: Greater London Pay. This was amended and carried. Motion 24: Support for Rural Schools was also amended and carried. The final motion of conference was Motion 51: Supply Teacher Executive Seat. There was heated debate once again on this motion and amendment 51.1 was lost before the main motion was still unfinished due to time.

One of the final items at the last ever NUT conference was a short film about the history of the National Union of Teachers.

Motion 61: Adoption of the Annual Report of the Executive was passed, and then Joint General Secretary of the NEU Kevin Courtney addressed conference. You can view his full speech below.

That wrapped up the final NUT conference and another busy five days. Campaigning is already being planned across Lancashire – there are a variety of events that you can support. Contact your local Association Secretary to find out more.

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 13 Apr

#NUT18 Day 4 by Sarah Bedwell

Monday morning of conference started with a priority motion on pay in Wales, which was amended and carried unanimously. Following this was Motion 14: Excessive CEO Pay in Academies, which carried unanimously, and then Motion 15: Speak Up For Libraries, which was largely carried. Motion 16: Job Sharing of Executive Posts was started but moved to unfinished business.

Following this was a tribute to Mary Compton, past NUT President and long time activist. Mary died earlier this year. Read the obituary, written by NUT Treasurer Ian Murch, here.

Conference then moved into the Education: Secondary section, with Motion 45: Secondary Curriculum and Assessment, which was carried unanimously. Next was the Education: Special Educational Needs and Disability Section, with Motion 46: Special Education and Inclusive Education being moved and amended by 46.1 and 46.2, but eventually falling into unfinished business due to running out of time for the section.

We returned to Education: General and Motion 22: A Child-Centred Curriculum and Pedagogy. This motion was debated at length, and amended by 22.1, 22.2 and 22.3 before eventually being carried. The final motion for the session was Motion 23, which was about using data to set targets and for holding staff to account through performance management. This was amended by 23.1 before being carried.

The afternoon session began with Motion 47: Baseline Testing. Having been amended by 47.1 and 47.2, it further commits the NUT Section of the NEU to opposing the baseline tests using a range of strategies. Motion 48: Boycott High Stakes, Summative Testing in Primary was started but unfinished.

Motion 34: Supply Teachers Employment was hotly debated, with amendment 34.1 falling before the main motion was carried. Motion 35: Workload – a key part of ongoing NUT Section and NEU campaigns – was amended by 35.1 and 35.2 before being carried unanimously. There is a lot of detail to this motion and amendment. You can read it here, starting at page 63.

Motion 49, the adoption of the resource management section of the annual report, was accepted and then it was Motion 50: The Role of Retired Teachers in the NEU. This was another strongly debated motion and amendment, given the importance of retired teachers in supporting our members and officers. Ultimately amendment 50.1 was lost, whilst the main motion was carried.

Motion 51: Supply Teachers Executive Seat was moved and then sent to unfinished business.

A special presentation was then made to Hank Roberts from Brent, who has worked tirelessly to move the NUT towards professional unity and the NEU. 

Motion 52: the organising and membership section of the annual report was adopted, and was followed by Motion 53: Building the NEU at the Workplace. This was carried, amended by 53.1. The last motion of the day was Motion 54: A Lay Led Union. This was amended by 54.1 before being carried. 

These sessions have given good guidance for campaign work to follow – keep an eye out for details of street stalls and other events across Lancashire over the coming weeks.

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 12 Apr

#NUT18 Fringe Report by Sarah Bedwell

Kiri Tunks, new NEU NUT Section President, spoke of ongoing, still ‘normalised’ sexism in schools that needs to be challenged – see guidance in the report ”It’s Just Banter”. 

Speakers from Northern Ireland told us movingly about the campaign, as a Trade Union and Workplace Issue, to support female members and work against Amendment 8, which restricts abortion rights – to the point of making abortion illegal and subject to up to life imprisonment. There was recognition of parallel issues in the  position in England around women’s reproductive issues generally – and those of us who undertaken casework supporting 50+year old women will know that these are workplace issues here too.

The campaign “No More Page Three” and its success was described. So too was the work that still needs to be done to improve the status of women, by giving much more due recognition of all their real accomplishments, rather than the still too common objectification seen, for example, in some print media.

Muslim schoolgirls from Bristol described their “Grl2Grl” campaign and support group, already international, to empower all young women.

The “Women’s Lives Matter” support group in South Yorkshire described the work they have done helping women facing violence. The impact of the neo-liberal austerity agenda on support services for women was graphically shared – as too the hope that a Corbyn- government as a necessary remedy!

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 12 Apr

South Ribble and Preston Retired Teachers by Sarah Bedwell

The following meeting dates and venues have been arranged:

1.   Guild Merchant, Preston 22nd May 2018 at 4.15 to 6pm.
2.   The Fleece, Penwortham 6th November 2018 4.15 to 6pm. 
3.   Christmas Dinner Haighton Manor 11th December 2018 at 7.15 pm
4.   AGM The Continental Preston 22nd January 2019 4.15 to 6pm.

Please contact Pat Probin for further details.

Categories: Divisional News, Preston, South Ribble Posted: 02 Apr

#NUT18 – Day 3 by Sarah Bedwell

The Sunday morning session of #NUT18 started with the priority motion on Ofsted statements about the hijab. This follows comments made by Amanda Spielman about young girls wearing the hijab. There were a number of impassioned speeches by delegates condemning these comments and speaking in favour of the right of young girls to have the religious freedom to wear what they like – whether it’s a hijab or a cross. The motion was passed unanimously. You can see some of the speeches here.

Following the priority motion was Motion 34: Supply Teachers Employment. Whilst this motion was moved, as was the amendment, it has not been finished as yet due to running out of time. 

We then moved into the Equality Conferences Section, with Motion 39: Support and Promotion of Disabled Education Staff and Disability Equality, which was carried. Motion 40: Tackling Racism was another passionately debated motion, with several speeches focusing on the ‘punish a Muslim’ letter that has circulated around the country and what schools can do to continue to combat racist ideas and actions.

Motion 41: Uniting the Fight for LGBT+ Liberation with the Fight Against Islamophobia was next, and then we went into the Equalities Section with Motion 42: Sexism and Harassment in Schools. The union has done a lot of work on this topic, including the “It’s Just Everywhere” study – the booklet and other resources are available on the union’s website. Amongst other things, the motion calls on the union to lobby the government to make it statutory for all schools to take a whole school approach to challenging and recording sexism and sexual harassment, produce guidance for teachers and campaign for training for staff, and to ensure that training on recognising and dealing with sexism and sexual harassment is included in ITT programmes.

Motion 43: Racism and Migration, amended by 43.1 and 43.2, was carried and instructs the Executive to continue to support organisations including Show Racism the Red Card, Stand Up to Racism, Love Music Hate Racism and Hope and Hate. 

The final motion for the session was Motion 44: Education and Social Justice, which was moved but not finished.

A reminder that the agenda, with all of the motions and amendments, is available online.

 

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 02 Apr

#NUT18 – Day 2 by Sarah Bedwell

Day two started with the President’s address. New NUT Section President Kiri Tunks spoke about her journey into teaching and trade unionism, and how schools need to be at the centre of driving out inequalities in society. 

Following the President’s address, conference business got underway with a motion to suspend standing orders in order to debate a priority motion on Ofsted statements about the hijab. This motion was passed, with the priority motion to be heard on Sunday morning.

Next up were several reports, including the Conference Business Committee report and Annual Report of the Executive, and then it was onto Motion 11: Academies, MATs, Re-broker, Rebrand or Renationalise. This motion calls for public inquiries into academy chain finances, tightening up of rules over academy spending, for failing academies to be brought back into local authority control and for Labour to be lobbied to back these demands. Several amendments to this motion were also carried, which strengthened the motion to include committing the NEU to supporting the recreation of a single state education system. 

Motion 12: School Funding was heard next, which again was amended to strengthen the motion. This motion calls for a continuation of the work on Fair Funding for Schools, to continue to build action across communities to collectively challenge cuts to school funding and to continue to challenge PFI schemes and to publicise just how much money schools continue to lose from existing PFI deals.

Motion 13: The Housing Crisis was heard and carried, and Motion 14: Excessive CEO Pay in Academies was moved but then unfinished due to a lack of time.

We finished the morning session with the Blair Peach Award. This year it has been awarded to Lorraine Hunte of Croydon NUT, for her long term work in fighting racism. You can read more about the award and Lorraine’s work here.

The afternoon session started with a speech from ATL Section and NEU Joint General Secretary Mary Bousted. Mary spoke about workload and how we are stronger when working together.

 

Motion 19 was the adoption of the Education and Equality Section of the Annual Report of the Executive, and then it was on to Motion 20: Crisis in Young People’s Mental Health. This important motion calls for ensuring that the union’s workload campaign has a focus on the effects of high stakes testing on students’ mental health; joint lobbying with the health unions; renewing the campaign to end SATs; and opposing the narrowing of the curriculum. The two amendments which were passed added to the main motion, calling for the government to fund mental health first aiders and to oppose punitive behaviour management systems in schools. 

Motion 21: A National Education Service was passed unamended, and then Elaine Bennett from More Than A Score addressed conference on the need to put play and creativity, observation and all round learning at heart of early years.

Following on from Elaine was Motion 27, the Salaries, Superannuation, Employment Conditions and Rights Section Report, followed by Motion 28: Fair Pay for Teachers. This is a lengthy motion that, as amended, calls for joint action with other teaching and support staff unions to secure pay rises for school staff, to campaign on pay and to be prepared to ballot members over the 5% pay increase demanded of the STRB. 

Motion 29: Greater London Pay was unfinished, and we finished the public session of conference with the presentations for Rep and Officer of the Year. Details of Rep of the Year, Kate Taylor from Birmingham NUT and Officer of the Year, Paul Welch from Durham Division, are available here

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 01 Apr

#NUT18 – Day 1 by Sarah Bedwell

Yesterday saw the beginning of the final NUT Section Annual Conference, with the first NEU conference taking place next year. Always a short session, the first motion was to agree the minutes of #NUT17, before the new national president, Kiri Tunks, was installed and a vote of thanks was given for out-going president Louise Regan. 

We then heard from a variety of special guests to conference. First up was a video message from General Union of Palestinian Teachers General Secretary Saed Erziqat, which was followed by a speech from Kenya National Union of Teachers Secretary General Wilson Sossion. Following on from Wilson was Joanna De Groot, president of UCU, who talked about their on-going industrial action taking place across the UK.

Next up were moving speeches from Sirazul & Nijam U Mohammad, Rohingya students who told us about the very real struggles that they have endured, not just for their education but for their very survival. 

Lastly was a message from Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner. 

We then accepted a series of reports before the final guest speaker of the session, children’s author Michael Rosen, a long-time supporter of the NUT.

We have a very busy few days ahead, with a lot of business to get through. Check back daily for more updates.

 

 

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 31 Mar

Press release: support for members campaigning over cuts to education by Sarah Bedwell

The National Union of Teachers wants to express its unequivocal support for all local children, parents, teachers (at every level within schools) and governors who have been campaigning to defend education. We deplore the attack on both individuals and specific schools that have been made in some online reports recently. Responsible reporting should focus on the issues, not denigrate those seeking to stand up for our children. It’s wholly wrong to impugn the integrity of heads and teachers who are concerned about the devastating cuts their schools are facing.

For this and previous governments, and any of their representatives, to try to use ‘purdah’ rules to stop every publicly employed person from speaking out coming up to any election is not acceptable.

Everyone in education, the NHS and every other public-sector service would be silenced if some MPs had their way. The public is rejecting more and more the behind-the-scenes obstruction and intimidation that some MPs have resorted to, rather than the open and transparent engagement in public debate that we should expect from our representatives.

If governments do not want schools to be politicised then they must cease making politically-biased decisions about them: about their structures, about what is taught, about how it’s taught, about how assessments are undertaken and used, about how staff are paid and judged. Any campaigning by local groups or individuals has focussed on the acknowledged and very real damage done to our children by reducing the funds available to our schools and by squeezing the curriculum offer available. We can’t ignore these issues.

Many letters from schools in dozens of local authorities across the country were referred to in a recent national online newspaper report. The last sentence of the report should have been the first: “however, the institute for fiscal studies said rising student numbers and inflation would lead to real terms cuts.”

School leaders are just telling parents these facts. Speaking the truth should not be a crime.

S. Ud-din & S. Bedwell

Joint Division Secretaries, Lancashire NUT

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 30 Jun

Mental Health First Aid by Sarah Bedwell

Free Mental Health First Aid Training Course

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June, 2017

The National Union of Teachers has great pleasure in inviting you, as an NUT headteacher, to our first accredited Mental Health First Aid two-day residential training course, which is taking place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June, 2017 at the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club, Wigan.  This course is entirely free for NUT headteachers and includes all training materials, accommodation, meals and use of the hotel’s leisure facilities. 

The course is divided into four sessions:

Friday

Session 1

Mental Health First Aid, mental health and depression

Session 2

Depression (continued) and suicidal crisis

Saturday

Session 3

Anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm

Session 4

Psychosis, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

It is hoped that these sessions will give a deeper understanding of the issues that impact on, and relate to, people’s mental health as well as teach practical skills that can be used every day, including being able to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and feel confident guiding people towards appropriate support. 

Every course participant will receive a copy of the Mental Health First Aid England manual and workbook, both of which are excellent resources.  On completion of the course, participants will also receive a certificate to confirm that they are a trained Mental Health First Aider. 

We have chosen the Wrightington Hotel and Country Club to try to promote your mental wellbeing whilst on the course.  The leisure facilities available at the hotel include a swimming pool, steam room, spa pool, gymnasium and virtual indoor cycling, all of which are available for you to use during your free time over the two day course. 

Click here to book your place. 

The 15 available places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 22 May

Fylde NUT AGM on Wednesday February 7th 2018 by Ken

This will be at the Town House Pub in St. Annes Square on Wednesday February 7th at 5pm. It could be our last as we vote on what local structure we need in the new National Education Union.

Celebrate what we have done

Members are welcome to come along and hold the Officers and Committee to account and then celebrate what the Union has done during the year, not least the major role we played in getting the message out during the general election period about the seriousness of the cuts to schools budgets.

Decide how we move forward to the NEU

Recent general meetings and an electronic survey of members have supported the idea of a new National Education Union (NEU) Local District covering Fylde and Wyre. The final chance to support or halt that will be at the AGM, where a winding-up motion (if passed) will bring an end to Fylde as a separate unit from December 31st.

This gathering is also a social with a free steak and glass of wine or equivalent.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 31 Jan

West-Lancashire General Meeting by West Lancs

It’s that time again folks…….all NEU members are invited to join us for a pre-Christmas meal and drink (with some union discussion thrown in.)

Please let all members in your school know and come along to raise any concerns and issues, meet like-minded colleagues, share opinions or just have a good old moan!

Date: Thursday 30th November 2017

Venue: The Sandpiper in Bickerstaffe (just off Jct 3 of the M58)

Time: 4.30 p.m to 6.30 p.m

Hope to see you there. (Secretary: Chris Anderson 07841 947635)

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 16 Nov

Health & Safety – Report from Ian Watkinson, Lancashire H&S Officer by Office K

Lancashire NUT Mental Health First Aid Training – Friday & Saturday 16th/17th June

The first ever fully accredited 2-day NUT MHFA training course went tremendously well. Thanks to the hard work of the office (and Sarah and Sam!) we achieved a 100% attendance and the feedback on both the delivery and content of the course (and the venue), was very positive.

Attendees ranged from young teachers to a headteacher and all left enthused and confident that they would be able to make a difference in their own schools. Alongside comprehensive MHFA training & reference materials, our new MHFA Reps were provided with copies of our National Mental Health Charter and Lancashire’s Stress Policy and Guidance. Incorporating discussion on those into the overall training was very well received and provided MHFA Reps with a benchmark and a good starting point for discussions on preventative measures & improved staff mental health with management and colleagues in their own schools.

Feedback from attendees suggested that the free 2 day Friday/Saturday residential model worked very well and that we should stick with it. Most agreed that getting one day release from school was straightforward but that 2 days – even if not consecutive, could have been problematic. All felt that the importance of mental health and being trained to be given the opportunity to make a difference in their own schools outweighed giving up a Saturday. All really appreciated being at a ‘nice relaxing’ venue and agreed that having the evening and meal times to network and socialise with colleagues was valuable.

Encouragingly, four of the attendees expressed an interest in either becoming a H&S rep or becoming more active in the NUT. This was a key objective.

ACTION – look out for a repeat of this course at the end of September or late October.

 

 

 

 

Fire safety in schools
In light of the recent tragic events at Grenfell Tower, the NUT, ATL and FBU have written urgently to Justine Greening, asking her to confirm that the DfE will not proceed with proposals to significantly weaken fire safety measures in schools.

In Lancashire, we have asked LCC for specific details on fire safety for all Lancashire schools (including flammable cladding, insulation materials) We are awaiting a response.

The DFE have woken up and invited general secretaries of all school trade unions to a confidential meeting on Weds 5th July to discuss fire safety

As you will be aware, building owners across the public sector estate are being contacted to ensure any risks are managed and dealt with appropriately and promptly. As part of this, the Department is contacting all bodies responsible for safety in schools, FE Colleges and providers, and HE institutions, instructing them to carry out checks to identify any buildings that may require further investigation. We would like to brief you on how this process is working, and discuss with you any concerns that your members might have either about this process, or fire safety more broadly

 

Lancashire School Asbestos Issue

Having been alerted by a local Secretary last week, I have been investigating a potential asbestos exposure and asbestos management issue at a High School in Chorley. There were some concerns that contractors (and the school, and LCC) had not followed proper procedure – investigations are ongoing. More and more case studies about poor asbestos management practice are emerging from other local authorities, MATs and academies.

 

High classroom temperatures
Recent hot weather is likely to have caused excessive classroom temperatures. Please read the NUT briefing on how to tackle this problem in schools.

 

Friends of the Earth ‘Clean Air’ schools pack
Friends of the Earth have produced a ‘clean air’ pack to assist schools teach about air pollution. Download a copy from the resources section on the NUT website.

 

 

Categories: Health & Safety Posted: 11 Jul

School Cuts have an impact on the election in Fylde. by Ken

Fylde NUT members campaigned strongly before and during the election period. That campaign for increased school funding will now continue under the new hung parliament in order to try and prevent per-pupil funding continuing to fall in real terms. To help, please sign the petition here.

Nationally TES reports that a post-election survey by Survation found that 750,000 voters switched their vote because of school funding cuts. This reason came ahead of the economy or even tuition fees. The TES report is here and another TES article here said that the Conservatives had considered and then rejected protecting per-pupil funding levels in their Manifesto, but are now considering “all the options”.

Here in the Fylde, we succeeded in getting a pledge from ALL Fylde candidates. What they signed YES to is “I promise to oppose cutting per-pupil funding in real terms for schools in Fylde compared to 2015/16.” We believe that Fylde is the only constituency in the country where this has happened. However, nationally the figures were Con: 1% | LD: 45% | Green: 55% | Lab: 61% of candidates. The Labour and Green candidates even attended the public meeting we called in Kirham and Wesham as members of the audience.

Voters in Fylde, which has always been a safe Conservative seat, increased the Labour Party vote with a swing of 14.6%, one of the greatest in the UK. The Labour Manifesto promised enough funding to keep the per-pupil funding levels up in real terms. They received over 80% of the opposition votes and a record 33.4% share of the vote in Fylde, even more than during the big swing to Labour in 1997 under Tony Blair. Fylde voting details are here. We believe that the bigger impact on the election here in the Fylde compared to nationally is down to the effectiveness of our campaign. This has been reported in the Gazette here and our press release on the issue to the LSA Express  is here. For details on how the Fylde NUT campaigned for school funding during the election, scroll down to the last two posts.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 13 Jun

Vote for Education – Thursday June 8th by Ken

Thursday June 8th 2017

Location: At a polling booth near your home from 7am until 10pm

Please ensure you vote for education on June 8th.

Fylde NUT members have been busy campaigning to make school budget cuts high on the agenda in this general election. We have succeeded in getting a pledge from ALL Fylde candidates. What they signed YES to is “I promise to oppose cutting per-pupil funding in real terms for schools in Fylde compared to 2015/16.” We believe that Fylde is the only constituency in the country where this has happened. However, nationally the figures so far are Con: 1% | LD: 45% | Green: 55% | Lab: 61% of candidates.

In the last days before June 8th, we are moving the focus of our campaign to Lytham St. Annes with a new A5 flyer, click here and another press release, click here.

To continue to press all the Fylde candidates in the General Election on the issue, click here. The more emails then get the more they will realise how important this issue is.

To see more details on the cuts to your school and others, click here. The website is now updated to show the effect of party manifesto promises.

For what else you can do to help and why it is essential to do so, click here.

This continues the work done before half term in the Kirkham and Wesham area detailed below.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 05 Jun

Meeting – School Cuts in the Fylde area by Ken

Thursday 25th May 2017 in the Wesham Community Centre, Church Road, Wesham PR4 3DR

Note – since the Wesham meeting, we have issued a press release. For a press report in the Gazette click here. For the press release itself click here.

Mrs. Joanne Gould, teacher at Carr Hill and Vice President of Fylde NUT said,  “As a local resident, parent and teacher I am deeply concerned about the level and impact of the cuts to education both nationally and across the Fylde. These cuts will impact the resources and staffing available in our schools, and will impact all of our school age children. To hear more about how these cuts could potentially impact on our schools, please attend the meeting.

Parents should be assured that we, as a profession, will continue to do our very best for your children, whatever. However, please help us to give your children the education that they deserve.”

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For an advertisement for the meeting which is being delivered to all local homes in the Kirkham and Wesham area, please click here. Note that the cuts in funding for each school are given in the advert. Some schools will end up worse off than others, but all of our schools will suffer cuts.

For the letter we sent to all Fylde schools on the issue, click here.

For both sides of the A5 flyer for the meeting, click here.

To press all the Fylde candidates in the General Election on the issue, click here.

To see more details on the cuts to your school and others, click here.

For the press release we have issued locally, click here.  For the resulting report, click here. We were also the headlines in the local Lytham St. Annes Express. For the front page click here and it continues here.

And take a look here at what parents and teachers in Lancaster were up to on May 13th over school funding!

Finally, for what else you can do to help and why it is essential to do so, click here.

We have been busy leafleting parents outside primary schools and at a stall in the centre of the town.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 19 May

Senior Leadership Training by Sarah Bedwell

Staying on the Right Side of the Law 

An in-depth look at key procedures and how to implement them effectively.

Capability, Redundancy, Disciplinary, Complaints & Grievance

Aims:

  • To develop knowledge of important procedures
  • To increase skill and confidence in applying these procedures
  • To aid understanding of how to approach HR issues

The training will take place on Friday 16 June, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

Click here for more details, including the booking form.

 

Mental Health First Aid Training

What is mental health and mental ill health?

  • Stigma and discrimination
  • The five steps of Mental Health First Aid
  • How to spot symptoms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Non-judgemental listening skills

The training will take place on Thursday 06 July, 9.30am – 3.30pm at Eanam Wharf in Blackburn. The training is £40 for NUT members and £80 for non-members.

Click here for more details, including the booking form.

Categories: Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 13 May

Blackpool Deserves Better by Ken

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Trades Union Council (BFWTUC) has organised a major Conference in the Savoy Hotel Blackpool called, “BLACKPOOL DESERVES BETTER”. Fylde NUT is affiliated to the Trades Council and is in full support of what they are trying to achieve, a much better deal for the people of Blackpool and the Fylde and Wyre areas. It runs from 10am until 4pm on Saturday 13th May 2017 and is free to attend.

  1. Click here for the reasons why BFWTUC organised this Conference.
  2. Click here for the full agenda on the day.
  3. Click here for the Poster and Pledge unions and campaign groups are being asked to sign up to.
  4. Click here for the Media Release, which provides a good explanation of what is happening on the day and why the Conference has been organised in the way it has.
  5. Click here for more information on the major national and local speakers involved on the day.

Fylde NUT believes that if teachers are to stand a chance of winning their struggles, we need to be embedded in similar struggles by others. Therefore we are helping to organise this event and urge you to support it.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 11 May

West-Lancs Update by West Lancs

Many thanks to all who attended our AGM on the 2nd March especially our Treasurer, Jenni Harker, for her continued hard work plus our newest school rep, Paul Christopherson from Ormskirk School. Andy Heyes was installed as President and I am continuing as Secretary for another year.

Easter Conference in Cardiff – Paul Christopherson kindly stepped in at short notice to represent the association this year. He attended as an observer and will provide a short report as soon as possible.

Postcards to local MPs regarding Fair Funding for schools are being circulated around our larger schools where possible. If you would like any to distribute amongst members and non-members then please email me: secretary@west-lancashire.nut.org.uk and I’ll get some to you. I’ll even post them for you when they’re done.

Voluntary Redundancies – Government cutbacks are leading to many schools starting this process or look at serious restructuring for next year. Please email me if your school is affected so advice and support can be offered asap.

Next meeting: Our final meeting of the year will be post election so there’ll be lots to discuss. All members are welcome for a free meal/refreshments on Tuesday 27th June at The Sandpiper, Bickerstaffe (4.30 pm).

Chris Anderson 07841 947635

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 27 Apr