West Lancashire

Welcome to West Lancashire Association’s page.

West Lancashire Association covers schools in the area around Ormskirk and Skelmersdale. It also covers more widely spread rural schools from Scarisbrick in the West, Tarleton in the North, and Wrightington in the East.

News from West Lancashire

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

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

West Lancashire AGM by Sarah Bedwell

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

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
Holiday Inn
FREE with travel expenses reimbursed.

For more information and booking details go hereIMAG1543.

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

NUT Conference Harrogate 2015 by West Lancs

This year West Lancashire had 3 representatives at Conference. Neil Hancox, Alyson Crook and I travelled to the beautiful town of Harrogate for an informative and inspiring weekend. It was great fun catching up with other reps and officers from Lancashire and there was certainly lots to take in from Friday to Tuesday. As expected, Workload was perhaps the most prominent issue for members although of course there were many other matters of serious concern to us all such as:- Stress/ Ofsted/ Bullying Headteachers/ Accountability/ Asbestos/ Age Discrimination/ Pensions/ Baseline Testing plus the changes to GCSE and levels that are already impacting on teachers.

There were some fantastic speakers and inspirational stories that were shared. It offers some comfort when you see that the issues that concern you are the same ones that concern all teachers. It was certainly useful having the different perspectives in our group as I am a Secondary English teacher, Alyson is a primary teacher and rep while Neil is retired but has done a lot of work as a Union Learning Rep.

Glorious weather and good debate all made a very successful conference. Next year it is Brighton so if any members are interested then there will be opportunities to put yourself forward to represent West Lancs.

Chris Anderson

Secretary West-Lancashire

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 12 Apr

Rosie Cooper Meeting by West Lancs

On the 5th March Neil Hancox and I met with Rosie Cooper MP for a discussion on the main issues regarding education, both nationally and locally. Rosie was very supportive of the issues raised and shared her concerns with the situation in Skelmersdale regarding the possible closure of Glenburn High School. We also talked about the devastating effects of workload and stress on many members in our area. Much of my casework is taken up with this and there has been an increase this year. Ofsted, accountability, capability and bullying headteachers all seem to be prominent too and these are hopefully going to be looked at further when we meet again post election. Rosie seemed genuinely bemused by the idea of Life without levels, as many of us are, and she is keen to find out more and raise questions with Tristram Hunt on our behalf.
Chris Anderson
Secretary West-Lancs

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 12 Apr

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.


Categories: 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

Next West-Lancs Meeting by West Lancs

General Meeting open to all members:

Tuesday 25th November at The Ship at Lathom, Wheat Lane, Burscough.

4.30-6.30 p.m. Food and drink provided so have a break from marking and prep and let us treat you!

Come and join us for a chat about local issues, concerns in your school and anything else that takes your fancy!

Chris Anderson, Secretaryormskirk leaflet 1

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 13 Nov

Glenburn Closure Consultation by West Lancs

The consultation has begun regarding the closure of Glenburn High School, Skelmersdale in 2016. The proposal is a phased closure with students being guaranteed a place at Lathom High School although parents will be free to apply to other local schools. Rosie Cooper, MP, has voiced her concerns over the potential effects on the town and petitions are already circulating in support of the school. I will attend any meetings to help support our members in whatever ways we can and I have been in contact with the NASUWT  local Secretary so we can work together.

Chris Anderson

Categories: West Lancashire Posted: 13 Nov