Category Archive: Fylde

  1. Fylde NUT AGM on Wednesday February 7th 2018

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    This will be at the Town House Pub in St. Annes Square on Wednesday February 7th at 5pm. It could be our last as we vote on what local structure we need in the new National Education Union.

    Celebrate what we have done

    Members are welcome to come along and hold the Officers and Committee to account and then celebrate what the Union has done during the year, not least the major role we played in getting the message out during the general election period about the seriousness of the cuts to schools budgets.

    Decide how we move forward to the NEU

    Recent general meetings and an electronic survey of members have supported the idea of a new National Education Union (NEU) Local District covering Fylde and Wyre. The final chance to support or halt that will be at the AGM, where a winding-up motion (if passed) will bring an end to Fylde as a separate unit from December 31st.

    This gathering is also a social with a free steak and glass of wine or equivalent.

  2. Fylde NUT AGM on Wednesday February 7th 2018

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    This will be at the Town House Pub in St. Annes Square on Wednesday February 7th at 5pm. It could be our last as we vote on what local structure we need in the new National Education Union.

    Celebrate what we have done

    Members are welcome to come along and hold the Officers and Committee to account and then celebrate what the Union has done during the year, not least the major role we played in getting the message out during the general election period about the seriousness of the cuts to schools budgets.

    Decide how we move forward to the NEU

    Recent general meetings and an electronic survey of members have supported the idea of a new National Education Union (NEU) Local District covering Fylde and Wyre. The final chance to support or halt that will be at the AGM, where a winding-up motion (if passed) will bring an end to Fylde as a separate unit from December 31st.

    This gathering is also a social with a free steak and glass of wine or equivalent.

  3. School Cuts have an impact on the election in Fylde.

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    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.

  4. Vote for Education – Thursday June 8th

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    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.

  5. Vote for Education – Thursday June 8th

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    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: 44% | Green: 54% | Lab: 59% of candidates.

    In the last days before June 8th, we are moving the focus 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. There was an advert which went to all homes in the Kirkham and Wesham area, please click here  calling a meeting in the local community centre.

    Retired members leafleted many primary schools in that area as parents collected their children  with an A5 flyer,  click here.

    We held a stall in the centre of the town on a Saturday and leafleted there. See photo here.

    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.

  6. Meeting – School Cuts in the Fylde area

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    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.

  7. Blackpool Deserves Better

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    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 area. 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.

  8. Blackpool Deserves Better

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    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.

  9. Save our Schools – March and Rally

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    This event has been called by headteachers in response to big cuts in real terms to their schools’ budgets. The NUT  and NAHT are fully in support. For the poster for the day click here.