Welcome to the Lancashire Division of the NUT
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Welcome to the Lancashire Divisions of the National Union of Teachers

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Welcome to the Lancashire Divisions of the National Union of Teachers

NUT + ATL = New Union by PPCO

The ballot regarding the amalgamation of the NUT and ATL begins on Monday 27 February, 2017. The NUT has fought for professional unity for many years, and Lancashire NUT see this as a positive move. A new union gives us the chance to deliver even better support for our members: case work; policy development; campaigns and lobbying; and our CPD offer. 

As the ballot papers will be sent to members’ home addresses, please ensure that your details are up to date. If you need to check and/or change your details, please contact the Advice Line by telephoning 020 3006 6266 or emailing nutadviceline@nut.org.uk.

 

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 06 Feb

Health and Safety News: Spring 2017 by Office K

Health & Safety Report  – February 2017

TRAINING & EVENTS

North West Health & Safety Adviser’s Mental Health First Aid Workshop.

Friday 2nd December 2016, Blackpool

The NW H&S group’s first Mental Health First Aid Workshop was a well-attended and very well received event. Members enjoyed a two-hour taster session presented by North West TUC that highlighted the need and importance of Mental Health First Aid in Schools. Feedback from attendees was excellent, with many hoping to become trained and accredited mental health first aiders in their own schools.

With the mental health of members and pupils a union priority, the aim is for further NUT MHFA taster workshops to take place across the North West on a rolling program. In addition, a fully accredited NUT MHFA training day/days will be piloted in the North West in the summer term. Details to be announced ASAP.

Next NW H&S Adviser Meeting & Event
Friday March 24th, Warrington. Valuing Women & Women’s Health

Afternoon Adviser meeting, followed by twilight presentation. Venue and further details TBC

North West Health & Safety Rep Training

Please promote the following H&S training days. Reps or prospective reps can attend individual days or all 3 for fully accredited H&S rep status. Details on units to be covered on each day to be announced shortly. Training held at Holiday Inn, Haydock.

  • Friday 3rd March 2017
  • Monday 26th June 2017
  • Wednesday 22nd November 2017

National Health & Safety Rep Training

The five-day course will still be taking place in July, but not at Stoke Rochford Hall. Venue and further details to be announced shortly.

National Health & Safety Adviser Briefing

The 2017 Health and Safety Advisers’ Briefing is taking place from Monday 27th November – Wednesday 29thNovember at Stoke Rochford Hall. Booking is now open online.

National Health & Safety Working Group

Next Meeting 24th February, Hamilton House.

Asbestos

Lucie Stephens & AIS Campaign Update

Almost 11,000 have now signed the petition campaign Protect our children and teachers from asbestos exposure at school. Please continue to promote this important campaign.

Alongside JUAC & MP Rachel Reeves’ office, Julie is attempting to build an online resource mapping asbestos data from every school in the country. Allied to her FOI request for info related to compensation payments & asbestos exposure alerts from every local authority, this would be an extremely valuable campaigning resource and one stop information portal for parents, teachers, and union campaigners alike. Find out how your local authority responded to the asbestos FOIs. 

ASBESTOS IN SCHOOLS CONFERENCE – July 4th 2017 Birmingham

The Joint Union Asbestos Committee is organising its first ever national asbestos in schools conference on 4 July this year, taking place at the  Rednal Conference Centre in Birmingham.  Click here for details.

The conference is open to union reps and others and we already have a number of high profile speakers lined up, including Rachel Reeves MP, who chairs the Asbestos in Schools Group, and representatives from the DfE, HSE and medical profession, as well as prominent campaigners in this area.

Violence, Aggression & Abuse Advice

Despite under reporting of all accidents and injuries in schools, incidents of violence, assault and abuse (physical & verbal) are increasing. A request has been made to update current NUT advice (currently titled Security & Violence) to meet concerns including those about sexual (physical & verbal) abuse in schools.

Email Health & Safety Forum

Over 140 users are now registered and using our online email H&S forum. H&S Advisers & reps are benefiting from being able to raise queries & ask question and through the sharing of expertise. All H&S reps & advisers interested in registering for access to the group should email S.Ward@nut.org.uk.

Categories: Divisional News, Health & Safety Posted: 06 Feb

Primary Assessment Campaign by PPCO

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The pressure on children and schools from a broken system can’t go on. Teachers are adamant that the fiasco of primary assessment 2015/16 must not be repeated this year. Primary assessment is not fit for purpose. It is harming children’s learning and, in some cases, their well-being.

Justine Greening’s announcement is a step in the right direction, but it will not substantially change the situation facing teachers and their pupils this year.  There is more that needs to be done, and every reason for teachers to continue their campaign.

What the NUT working with other unions have achieved through building the pressure on the DfE:

  • The DfE has admitted that there are flaws in the 2016 data. As a result it must not be used as the sole means to pass judgement on a school.
  • The proposed KS2 resits for Year 7 pupils, a Conservative manifesto commitment, have been scrapped
  • There will be no new tests until at least 2018-19, meaning new multiplication tests for KS2 children will not be brought in this year
  • The KS1 SPaG test will remain non-statutory this year
  • There will be new guidance for the moderation of teacher assessment of writing, with mandatory local authority training.
  • There is an indication that floor and coasting standards will be used to identify the need to support ‘current leadership teams’, rather than to trigger intervention.
  • The long-delayed Rochford Review for children working below the national curriculum has been published
  • There will be consultation on the role of teacher assessment and accountability.

However, the unions must continue to build pressure and negotiate with the DfE to secure real change for children and schools. The reforms that have been secured do not go far enough to improve the experience of children and teachers.

  • Judgements about pupils’ writing will still be made on the basis of a secure fit, rather than a best fit model, and the tick-box, ‘prove it’ approach to assessment has not gone away. 
  • The inappropriate KS1 and KS2 reading tests will be largely unchanged
  • The much-criticised KS2 SPaG test remains statutory
  • Data from the discredited 2016 assessment round will still be used to influence judgments of schools. Because coasting schools judgements are based on three years of data, schools may be impacted by the problems of 2015-16 until the end of 2017-18
  • There is no real improvement to the situation for children with SEND
  • The consultation offered must address teachers and parents’ fundamental concerns about the current system- the narrowing of the curriculum, impact on inclusion, and pressure on children and teachers.

Categories: Campaigns, Divisional News, Primary Assessment Posted: 17 Nov

Professional Unity: Your New Union is Coming by PPCO

The NUT and ATL held special conferences on Saturday 5 November at which delegates welcomed the progress made in negotiations on the amalgamation of the two unions to form a new union. The conferences endorsed the rules of the new union, to be called the National Education Union. This decision will now be put to the members of both unions for approval in ballots to be held in the spring term.

In welcoming the decisions of the two conferences General Secretary, Kevin Courtney, said: “This is an historic day for teacher trade unionism. We have advocated professional unity for many years, and this is a big step towards realising our goal of a strong unified profession and a powerful union which would be a significant force for teachers, education and the trade union movement.”

This document answers frequently asked questions about the moves towards professional unity on the part of the ATL and NUT.

The National Union of Teachers has been pursuing the policy of trade union unity for all teachers for many years. We believe that all teachers in all schools in England and Wales should be united in one organisation. It makes sense for a number of reasons.

The new union would have almost half a million members and would be a powerful force in education and the trade union movement. The government and employers would need to take such an organisation seriously and would not be able to deploy the policy of divide and rule. The new organisation would be more economical to run and would target members’ subscriptions on matters important to teachers and education rather than on competitive recruitment between the unions.

For these reasons we have an open invitation to all other teachers’ unions to come and talk about setting up a new union for all teachers for a more effective and efficient means of representing the profession.

We would like to hear from you about the activities you are undertaking locally at school or association level in support of professional unity. Please send your emails to unity@nut.org.uk.

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 17 Nov

New School Cuts Website by PPCO

Disadvantaged children likely to be hit hardest by Government changes to school funding, shows new School Cuts interactive website from NUT and ATL

Schools with the most disadvantaged children are likely to face the biggest funding cuts when the Government reallocates school funding, according to calculations by the NUT and ATL.

The calculations – the subject of schoolcuts.org.uk, a new interactive map from the unions – show that if the Government just reallocates the existing overall schools’ budget:

  • Schools with the most deprived intakes would face the greatest average losses in real terms – £579 per pupil in primary schools, and £784 in secondaries.
  • The average real terms loss for primary schools would be £96,481, or £401 per pupil.
  • The average real terms loss for secondary schools would be £290,228, or £365 per pupil.

In addition:

  • Nine in ten schools in England (92%) could face budget cuts in real terms over the next four years.
  • No local authority area is likely to see a real terms funding increase for its schools and academies, even after the redistributive impact of a new formula.
  • Average budget cuts could be 6.5% in primary schools and 9% in secondary schools.

We know that schools are already struggling to cope.  A recent letter to the Prime Minister, signed by 250 West Sussex heads, warned of the already “crippling effect” on schools of existing funding arrangements. However, the Government now plans the biggest real term cuts in a generation.

Under the guise of ‘fairer funding’, Theresa May and education secretary Justine Greening intend only to shift the already inadequate overall school funding around the country, rather than do the right thing – which is to increase it and ensure the most disadvantaged benefit.

Today the NUT and ATL launch schoolcuts.org.uk – an interactive map of England’s schools which shows the likely effect on every school of plans to redistribute the existing funding between schools in England.

The website enables users to see precisely how each individual school could be affected in real terms by the Government’s intention to implement a new funding formula for schools alongside real terms cuts to funding per pupil and cost increases being imposed by the Government. (1)

By entering a post code on the website homepage, visitors can see how all the schools in that area are likely to fare between now and 2020 and how that estimated funding loss equates into numbers of teacher posts.

The formula used in the website is based on the Government’s own spending plans and school data, Institute for Fiscal Studies projections for the cost of inflation and other cost increases, and the new funding formula proposed by the influential f40 campaign group of local authorities.

If, and when, the Government confirms the formula, the website will be amended to provide revised predictions reflecting that formula.  The necessary features of any new formula and the statements already made by Government about funding methodology mean, however, that – unless new money is found – the impact on schools is likely to be similar to the impact demonstrated by this website.

We predict that no local authority areas would overall be better off.

Read more about the cuts and the impact that they are already having on schools across the country here.

Categories: Divisional News Posted: 17 Nov

AGM – In with the Old and the New by PaulJ

Fylde NUT held their AGM at the Town House in St Annes on Wednesday 8th February.  Ken Cridland was voted in as President for a second term, 30 years after his first.  We also welcome Joanne Gould, from Carr Hill, as Vice President.  Thanks to Craig Jack (LSA) for his two year tenure as President.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 09 Feb

Report on Annual General Meeting held 7/2/17 by Sam

We held our AGM on 7th February 2017. The Secretary’s report on our activities and campaigns during 2016 is below. We elected our new officers for 2017. Sam Ud-din and Sue Penney are our new joint Secretaries, Linda Pye is Assistant Secretary, and Jess Christie is our new President. 

Categories: Lancaster, Morecambe and District Posted: 09 Feb

South Ribble Association General Meeting – May 2017 by Rose

Thank you to all our members who attended our Annual General Meeting on 26th January.  Our next General Meeting will be on Thursday 25th May at 6 p.m. at Whitefield Primary School, Oaklands Drive, Penwortham.  We will have a meal at the Fleece Inn, Liverpool Road, Penwortham after the meeting.  All South Ribble NUT members are welcome.

Categories: South Ribble Posted: 09 Feb

Wyre AGM by PPCO

The Wyre Association AGM will be held on Thursday 09 February, 2017 at Shakespeare Primary School, Manor Rd, Fleetwood, FY7 7LL. The meeting commences at 5pm and will be followed by a meal at The Trafalgar Restaurant, Fleetwood.

Please contact Wyre Association Secretary, Claire Walsh, at cwalsh1970@googlemail.com.

Categories: Wyre Posted: 06 Feb

West Lancashire AGM by PPCO

The West Lancashire Association AGM will be held on Thursday 02 March, 2017, at 4.30pm at The Sandpiper, Bickerstaffe (Holly Farm Ormskirk Old Road, Bickerstaffe, Ormskirk, Lancashire,L39 0HD).

For more information please contact the Association Secretary, Chris Anderson, at secretary@west-lancashire.nut.org.uk. 

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 06 Feb

HRV AGM Documents by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

The agenda for the 2017 AGM, the minutes for the 2016 AGM and the nomination sheet for association roles have all been sent out to members who have provided an email address. 

If you have not received these documents and would like a copy, please email Sarah Bedwell (secretary@hyndburn-and-ribble-valley.nut.org.uk) or call 07736 151235.

Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 30 Jan

Season’s Greetings by Hyndburn Ribble Valley

The executive committee of the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Association of the NUT would like to wish you and your families a happy and safe festive season, and all the best for the new year.

Our Christmas card was designed by Amirah Khan of Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.

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Categories: Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Posted: 19 Dec

SATs Disaster! What next? – Fylde NUT Meeting by Ken

At LSA High School in the Library (FY8 4DG) at 4.15pm for 4.30pm on Wednesday 23rd November.

After the disaster of this year’s SATs, the campaign over the primary assessment is well underway as you can see from the Lancashire NUT home webpage.

We will have one of the leading campaigners at our Fylde meeting, Siobhan Collingwood, Head Teacher from Morecambe Bay Primary School to tell us more.

We will also have a report back on the NUT Special Conference on November 5th about the ATL and NUT disbanding and forming a brand new union.

 

Education Cuts get worse.

Below the primary assessment campaign material on the home page, you will have noticed the “Invest – Don’t Cut” item with our General Secretary and the Shadow Education Minister speaking together in Manchester. There is also detailed information on how the cuts will hit your school by clicking here on a new joint ATL & NUT website. Just put your Fylde school name or postcode into the search to find out the bad news.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 22 Nov