Category Archive: West Lancashire

  1. West-Lancs Update

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    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: 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

  2. West Lancashire AGM

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    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 

  3. NUT Reps Foundation Training

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    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.

  4. NUT Conference Harrogate 2015

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    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

  5. Rosie Cooper Meeting

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    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

  6. Get ready to tell Nicky

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    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.


  7. Calling All Musicians

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    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.

  8. Next West-Lancs Meeting

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    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

  9. Glenburn Closure Consultation

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    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

  10. Threat of Forced Academies in West Lancashire

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    Department for Education bullies are at work in West Lancashire.  For entirely ideological reasons they want to force 2 of our schools who are in difficulties to convert into academies, despite there being no evidence that privatized academies do any better than locally run schools.

    It seems that the strategy of DfE hatchet men is to force the governors of the school to convert, in effect to ‘jump before they are pushed’.  No alternative approach is acceptable to these people, who do have the power to force the school to convert, they are even prepared to sack the governors and replace them with their own appointees.  What in effect happens is the deal is done behind closed doors with little or no consultation.  The staff, whose conditions of employment could be changed considerably, and people of West Lancashire, who actually own the schools, have no say in the process.

    The NUT is opposed to academies because:

    • There is no local accountability – academies appoint their own governors and are much less accountable in a variety of ways.
    • Staff conditions worsen – rights to preparation time, not to cover for absent colleagues etc. are under threat.  Surely more overworked teachers are bad for education?
    • There is no evidence that academies improve standards – the reasons for academies are entirely ideological – profit for the Tory party’s backers.

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    The schools under pressure are Upholland High School and Hope High School.  We will publish more information on this web site about what is happening so that the people of West Lancashire know all about how our schools are being given away for no good reason other than profit.