NUT Reps Foundation Training by Blackburn with Darwen
Foundation training has been organised in the North-west for October 2016.
Book your places quickly.
October 5 – 7
FREE with travel expenses reimbursed.
For more information and booking details go here.Categories: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley District, Chorley and District, Divisional News, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe and District, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble, Union Learning, West Lancashire, Wyre, Young Teachers Posted: 14 Jul
Get ready to tell Nicky by Blackburn with Darwen
Nicky Morgan has been forced to recognise teacher workload as a critical issue.
In response to the NUT’s campaigning, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg announced a “Workload Challenge” consultation in England. More than 40,000 teachers responded.
Nicky Morgan says she wants to make a difference to teacher workload and has asked for suggestions.
More information is available on the NUT website.Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley District, Chorley and District, Fylde, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe and District, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre Posted: 04 Dec
Calling All Musicians by Blackburn with Darwen
Emma Gillat would like to set up a North West NUT Marching Band for any further demonstrations, marches and events where the NUT has a presence, such as the Pride events across the region.
If you play an instrument and would be interested in playing in a North West NUT Band, please contact Emma Gillat or Avis Gilmore at the NUT Regional Office with your details.
They are both looking forward to hearing from you.Categories: Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley District, Chorley and District, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, Lancaster, Morecambe and District, Pendle, Preston, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Wyre Posted: 16 Nov
CALLING PENDLE YOUNG NUT TEACHERS by Pendle
Any young NUT teacher interested in the Young Teacher Weekend 2015 on 15th March 2015 and who would like to have an input in the organisation of this event are invited to attend a meeting at The Black Bull Pub, 135 Garstang Rd, Preston, Lancashire PR2 9UP at 5.30pm on Thursday 20th November.
Click here for a map.
Categories: Pendle, Young Teachers Posted: 13 Nov
Pendle NUT Meeting by LancashireNUT
The next Pendle NUT Meeting will be held at Carlos in Colne on Tuesday 18th November at 7.00pm. All Pendle members are welcome and a meal will be provided at the end of the meeting.
Issues to be discussed are: workload, academies, training, young teachers and supply teachers.Categories: Pendle Posted: 13 Nov
Is Austerity Working? The TUC’s view? by LancashireNUT
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/
‘Free School’ Threat in Burnley by LancashireNUT
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
Protecting your Pay and Career by LancashireNUT
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