Support all teachers by Sam
Help give a teacher the practical skills to tackle and manage stress
This year, for the first time we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This is an amazing opportunity to have your donation doubled to Teacher Support Network from 10am on Thursday!
On the 5, 6 and 7th December every donation made to TSN via the Big Give website could be matched £ for £, up to a total of £5,250.
Every donation will go towards our nationwide workshop programme in 2014, providing teachers with the practical skills needed to manage stress before it becomes a real problem.
You will be able to donate anything from £5 to £5,000 by credit or debit card on the Big Give website during the challenge. We can only reach our target with your help.
We’ll be in touch on Wednesday with more details, but if you can’t wait to learn more, please visit the Big Give page on our website.
JULI Courses by Membership and Union Learning Team
A well attended course on managing dyslexia in schools was held at Preston Grasshoppers on November 6th. The course was lead by Wendy Swindlehurst of Preston and District Dyslexia Association who gave the background to dyslexia and its outcomes and also presented a large variety of resources and materials which can be borrowed from the association.
The next courses will be:
December 4th – Stress Management
December 10th Behaviour Management – COURSE NOW FULL
Find more details and booking details in ‘Upcoming Events’ to the right or ‘Courses’ at the top.
Please look out early for our Free courses in 2014Categories: Divisional News Posted: 28 Nov
Kevin Courtney – Deputy GS for the NUT – speaks out
Categories: Divisional News Posted: 26 Nov
Welcome to our new website! by LancashireNUT
The Lancashire Division website has been relaunched! New content is being added, please be patient as we complete our site.Categories: Divisional News Posted: 22 Nov
Free training for all Lancs NUT members in 2014 by Pendle NUT
SEN Toolkit for the classroom – January 2014
Appraisal and Capability. Setting achievable targets – May 2014
Reading for pleasure. Alan Gibbons – September 2014
Look out for booking details soon.Categories: Divisional News Posted: 21 Nov
Is Austerity Working? The TUC’s view? by Pendle NUT
We need a future that works in Education as well as Local Government and Health. All of these are under attack from an ideology which insists that private industry is the best for these services. Of course, selling off Education, Health and Local Services is the latest cache of the family silver that our national government is trying to use to balance the books while continuing to be profligate in spending in areas dear to their hearts and wasting taxpayers’ money. The TUC is working with members to develop plans to assist working people.
Austerity isn’t working and our country faces long-term economic problems. But our political leaders have failed to face up to them.
For the next five years or more, unless policies change the economy will not grow, incomes will not rise, and there will be almost no new jobs. If the government keeps on with big spending cuts and austerity we face a lost decade. Even on their own terms government policies are failing. To close the deficit we need a healthy growing economy that generates tax income. But austerity has led to a vicious circle of decline.
Instead of just letting the banks go back to business and bonuses as usual, we need policies that promote new and old industries.
This new approach would create jobs, especially for young people. It would encourage companies to raise average pay, penalise big bonuses and invest in training and new industries. It would crack down on tax evasion by big companies and the super-rich. It would tackle the growing inequality between the super-rich and everyone else.
Rather than deep, rapid spending cuts, we need to reverse our decline and build an economy that works for ordinary families.
See more at: http://afuturethatworks.org/
Protecting your Pay and Career by Pendle NUT
The November Strike was called off following a communication from Michael Gove that he would talk to the two unions involved in the dispute. However, in a letter on 6th November he made it clear that he was not going to honour this unless other unions and groups were included in the talks displaying his complete ignorance of industrial and employment law and an utter inability to understand his role in defending the British legal system. He obviously sees the role of a government minister as being akin to a 17th century privateer.
The NUT along with the NASUWT is still making great efforts to resolve this dispute in a reasonable way but has committed to strike action before 13th February 2014 if Michael Gove does not alter his stance. In the meantime members are strongly urged to maintain the “Action short of strike action” in order to keep up pressure on schools that the new reforms have not been accepted by us.Categories: Divisional News, Pendle Posted: 18 Nov
Find us on Twitter! by LancashireNUT
As well as our Lancashire Division Twitter account – @LancsNUT – some of our associations also have their own accounts. You can follow them:
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley – @HyndburnRV_NUT
Lancashire, Morecambe and District – @LMDNUT
Preston – @PrestonNUT
South Ribble – @SouthRibbleNUT
Burnley – @BurnleyNUT
Rossendale – @RossendaleNUT
Pendle – @PendleNUT
Lancashire Equalities – @LancsEquality
There’s also the union’s national account – @NUTOnline.Categories: Divisional News Posted: 14 Nov
National Strike Called Off by LancashireNUT
Following the success of the three regional strikes, Michael Gove has agreed to sit down with the teaching unions and engage in purposeful talks. This has led to the planned national strike for Autumn term being called off – at least for now. For more, see the NUT’s press release.Categories: Divisional News Posted: 14 Nov
News in LM&D by Sam
It has been a very busy year for us in our campaigns against this vicious government and its austerity agenda, in particular, as part of the North West region, leading the series of regional joint strikes back in June.
We have extended solidarity to other workers fighting back including the Bakers’ union fighting zero hours contracts at Hovis in Wigan, UCU,UNISON and UNITE strikes at the university and the FBU. We also supported the SAVE OUR NHS campaigns locally and the TUC backed demo at Tory party conference in September.
We would like to thank our reps and members for the hard work they have put in, building our strike and supporting other regions and strikes and campaigns.
We therefore invite all our members to a Christmas social in the Waterwitch. Feel free to drop by for a drink or stay for longer. A light buffet of sandwiches and chips and first drink will be provided.
Please give us an idea of numbers.
Thank you.Categories: Lancaster, Morecambe and District Posted: 28 Nov
Our next meeting is in the end room of The Waterwitch, 29/11/2013 from 7.00. Refreshments will be provided.Categories: Lancaster, Morecambe and District Posted: 27 Nov
Next Chorley meeting? by Sam
NEXT MEETING IS IN FEBRUARY 2014
Invites/posters will be sent to schools.
Categories: Chorley and District Posted: 18 Nov
Chorley Young Teacher? by Sam
ARE YOU 35 YEARS OR UNDER? IF SO THIS IS FOR YOU!!!
Why not treat yourself to a totally free weekend away courtesy of the NUT? Your travel expenses will be covered as well.
The Date: 14th-16th March, 2014.
The Place: Borwick Hall.
The Reason: This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other teachers from Lancashire, whilst learning new skills and having a cracking time! This year we will return to Borwick Hall, in the north of the county, to experience some out-door education and team building exercises as well as learning how the union works for you, and how you can get involved with your union!
All this is offered for free, although we do request a £25 deposit by cheque, which is refunded to all attendees after the weekend.
This is a very popular event so book early to avoid disappointment!Categories: Chorley and District Posted: 18 Nov
‘Free School’ Threat in Burnley by Pendle NUT
Michael Gove has accepted a proposal to set up a free school in Burnley in the secondary sector where there is already overcapacity and teachers are facing redundancies. Free schools are undermining the role of democratically elected and accountable local authorities in school place planning. The decision to open a free school is determined centrally by the Education Secretary with scant regard for local views or whether new school places are needed. This is exacerbating the problem of surplus places at a time when England is facing the worst shortage of primary school places for decades. This is resulting in overcrowded primary classrooms and schools expanding beyond an optimum size with children travelling further to school.
In March 2013, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report which showed that more than a quarter of a million new school places are needed by 2014, the majority of these in the primary phase, with demand expected to rise further beyond 2014-15.
Many free schools have opened on former maintained school sites. In these circumstances the academy trust that runs the schools is given the land and buildings at a peppercorn rent on a 125-year lease. This is effectively asset stripping publicly owned land and buildings and giving them to unaccountable free school operators.
Free schools do not need planning permission during their first year as the Government presents planning regulations as ‘red tape’. However it is these regulations which ensure that school premises provide a safe and secure environment in which children can learn and staff can work. Furthermore children have the right to suitable school premises providing, for example, outdoor play space, library facilities, a school hall and other facilities accepted as standard in maintained schools.
While the Government has claimed that its free school programme is the solution to the places problem, it is increasingly clear that free schools are not the answer.
If you want to see how a Free School claims that it can work look at http://phoenixfreeschool.org.uk/Categories: Pendle Posted: 18 Nov
Email your MP about Pay, Pensions and Conditions by National Executive
Go to the Union’s national website www.teachers.org.uk to send the following email message to your MP:
As you may know, the NASUWT and NUT teaching unions have suspended plans for a national all out strike that was to take place before the end of the year. The decision was made after overwhelming support from teachers for strike action across England on 27 June and on 1 and 17 October and following notification from the Secretary of State for Education that he was willing to engage in a programme of talks with the NUT and the NASUWT in relation to their disputes about teachers’ pay, pensions, conditions of service and jobs. However, I am concerned that after indicating a willingness to enter into talks, the Secretary of State issued further correspondence on 6 November and has made further public statements that cast doubt on whether he is prepared genuinely to engage in talks with the NASUWT and NUT to resolve the current trade disputes.
I am concerned that despite the commitment shown by both unions, the Secretary of State appears not to recognise the potentially damaging impact that could be caused if there are further delays in establishing a programme of talks.
I hope that you will contact the Secretary of State and encourage him to enter into talks as speedily as possible and on an appropriate basis with the NUT and the NASUWT to resolve these disputes.
I would also urge you to attend a briefing meeting for Parliamentarians which is being held on Wednesday 27th November between 4 to 6 pm in Committee Room 9.
I would also appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in the constituency and will be contacting your office to arrange a suitable time.
I sincerely hope that further national strike action can be avoided.
I look forward to hearing from you.Categories: Campaign, National Executive Posted: 16 Nov
ASOSA by National Executive
Don’t forget that our Action Short Of Strike Action ballot is still live and is the most effective way to collectively act to stop inappropriate management practices including:
- Unfair Pay Policies & Appraisal Objectives;
- Excessive Lesson Observations;
- Learning Walks & Drop-Ins;
- Mock OFSTEDs;
- Onerous Planning Regimes;
- Cover & Lunchtime Supervision;
- Admin & Clerical Tasks …
and lots more!!!
Categories: Campaign, National Executive Posted: 16 Nov
LM&D Young Teachers’ Christmas Meal by YT Officer
When? 7pm, 6th December.
Where? Spaghetti House, Lancaster.
What? A chance to catch up with other young teachers.
If you are interested in coming, please sign up by visiting our Facebook page here
Categories: Lancaster, Morecambe and District Posted: 15 Nov
ROSSENDALE GOODIES! by Rossendale NUT
Coming to a school near you! The new mugs, pens, pencils, brollies and wheelie bin pencil sharpeners.Categories: Rossendale Posted: 14 Nov