Fylde

Welcome to Fylde NUT
We are a growing and active association and we are the only teacher union to have a Fylde branch.
Fylde has a local committee which meets regularly. We send two representatives to the Union’s Easter Conference every year. This gives us a role in the Union’s highest decision making body.
Remember, the Union is YOURS. You are welcome to all our general meetings – get involved, meet like minded people, keep informed and help strengthen the voice of teachers in the formation of education policy.

News from Fylde

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

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

Fylde Committee Meeting – 21st March by Fylde

On Tuesday 21st March at 4.30pm Fylde Association will be hosting their most recent meeting at the Pear Tree School in Kirkham.   Please feel free to attend as all members are welcome.

We will be discussing a number of topics that may affect you.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 13 Mar

AGM – In with the Old and the New by Fylde

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

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

Fylde NUT October Meeting by Ken

 – at the Kingfisher Pub, Kirkham at 4.15pm for 4.30pm on Wednesday 12th October

Our October meeting has some important decisions to make. Paul Cole has been our treasurer since 1982 but ill health means he cannot carry on, so we need a new treasurer and have some financial issues to deal with.

Educational issues include the problems over SATs and Government policy over the return of grammar schools, not to mention the way education cuts are now starting to hit Fylde schools.

We meet at the Kingfisher Pub in Kirkham. For the address and map to find it click here

kingfisher-kirkham

Categories: Fylde Posted: 10 Oct

Fylde NUT Welcome Meeting by Ken

Welcome Meeting with free food and drink – Wednesday 14th September

Hello and a big welcome back to all Fylde NUT members at the start of this new term, with a special welcome to teachers taking up posts in Fylde schools this September. While the term is still fresh, we would like to invite you to join us at 5pm on Wednesday 14th September for an informal get together at The Town House Pub in St. Annes, whether you are already a member or not. This will provide an opportunity to meet up with colleagues across the Fylde and, over a free meal and drink, discuss in a more relaxed way our concerns and ideas for what needs to be done in the coming months.  We will begin at 5pm so you can park close by as the parking restrictions cease at 6pm.  It is also next to St. Annes Railway Station and near the bus stops in St. Annes Town Centre.

Town House Pub

Times are tough – Teachers need their union!

In the living memory of teachers, times have never been as tough as they are at present. As the biggest and strongest teacher union, and the only one to have a branch which is based in the Fylde area, the National Union of Teachers is the obvious one for Fylde teachers to be in. If you are not in the NUT and want to check us out, then come along on Wednesday September 14th to the Town House Pub in St. Annes to join us for a free meal and drink. There is no formal agenda or business at this gathering. We look forward to meeting you there.

For the meeting poster click here. For more details, click here for our covering letter.

Categories: Fylde Posted: 07 Sep