The July issue of The Manchester Teacher can be found here
We all followed the events of Monday night at Manchester Arena with growing horror, and the realisation on Tuesday morning of how bad the situation was brought home to us how many families, pupils, schools and teachers will be affected by this terrible attack.
Manchester Teachers’ Association would like to extend our condolences and solidarity to all the victims of this shameful atrocity, and to their families and friends.
As a result we have decided to postpone our Education Question Time from Thursday 25 May, until after the General Election. Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but we hope everyone will understand and respect our decision.
Important information from the Manchester Fair Funding For All Schools Group about their rally on 20 May:
“After the fantastic turn out to our march and rally on April 29th we need to keep the pressure on and keep cuts to school funding on the agenda during the election period.
Over 1000 pupils, parents, educators, governors and supporters joined us in Crowcroft Park, many of whom had never demonstrated before, to send a message that enough is enough: We need fair funding for ALL schools to give our children the education they deserve!
We are calling on schools to support and
help build two actions as follows:
Saturday 20th May: All Schools United Demonstration!
Meeting 12pm in St. Peter’s Square (outside Central Library) Manchester City Centre.
We are asking for schools in the Greater Manchester Region, and further, to send a delegation and a school banner on the 20th May, joining together to show unity against the cuts.
What is a delegation: It can be as many people from your school who wish to come. But a minimum of five representatives from each school would be great! A pupil, a parent, a teacher, a member of support staff, a governor and a head teacher or senior leader. More people would be very welcome but having groups from as many schools coming together would send a powerful message of unity and commitment – so the number of schools should be the focus rather than numbers of people.
What will happen on the day: Delegations from schools will gather at 12pm outside Central Library where there will be examples of some of the activities we will lose through the cuts; art, music and sport for people to join in with and be entertained by. At 12.30 we will have a rally with speakers from schools made up of pupil’s, parents and head teachers, as well as other invited speakers. At 1pm we will leave for a short march in the city centre to gain maximum publicity. The event should be finished by 2pm. A press release will be issued and maximum publicity will be an objective.”
Manchester NUT are holding a public Education Question Time at the Manchester Mechanics Centre**, at 7pm on Thursday 25 May.
The panel will include Terry Wrigley (Reclaiming Schools), Emma Martin (Fair Funding for All Schools), Sam Offord (NAHT), Nick Wigmore (NUT National Executive) and Zahra Alijah (University of Manchester and Labour Councillor for Fallowfield).
We’ll be taking questions from the floor on the night, and you can also submit them beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be efficient!
We will be debating school funding and testing, as well as all the other topics which are so important to our schools, parents and children.
Tickets are free, but you can register at Eventbrite:
**Manchester Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD
The next General Meeting of Manchester Teachers’ Association will be on 24th May, 5pm, at The Hough End Centre on Mauldeth Road West. A copy of the agenda can be found here . All members are welcome to attend, refreshments will be available.
The April issue of The Manchester Teacher can be found here
Manchester Trades Council’s May Day festival is this weekend, and has a huge number of great events.
Assemble 11am at All Saints Park for our traditional May Day march, this year concentrating on defending the NHS.
Manchester NUT will be running a Reclaiming Schools stall at the Manchester Mechanics Institute during the afternoon, and also hosting a More Than A Score open meeting at 2.45pm – come and hear the genuine alternative to the current disastrous primary school testing regime.
International Workers’ Memorial Day remembers all workers who have lost their lives in the workplace, and is commemorated this Friday in Manchester.
Programme for Manchester #iwmd17
Gather at Lincoln Square, Brazennose Street from 11.30 onwards with banners and wreaths.
Music from Claire Mooney
12.00: Lynn Collins, Secretary of NWTUC, Chair will welcome everyone, briefly explain the reasons for IWMD and the theme for this year
12.05: Andy Burnham, Labour Party Candidate for G.M. Mayor – how he will work to ensure good health and safety at heart of decent jobs and lives, is a key part of his economic strategy
12.10: Tracey Seward, Families Against Corporate Killers –Tracey’s husband Mark was killed by his employers negligence
12.16: Leo McCann, Professor of Organisational Studies, University of Manchester, the effect of cuts, extra work and trauma on the health of firefighters and other emergency workers
12.22: Christine Alderson, Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group Phil Liptrot – how government attacks on access to justice: are affecting sick and injured workers and their families
12.26: Mick Whelan, Gen Sec ASLEF on how health and safety for workers is also for passengers, DOO campaign etc
12.30: Lauren McCourt, BFAWU, Fast food worker
12.35: Neil Hope Collins, Prospect
12.40: Ann Farrow and Jane Warburton, UNISON Care Workers
12.45: Phil Liptrot, Thompsons Solicitors government attacks on access to justice effects on sick, injured workers & families
- 49: Reading of the names of some of those killed in the North West
12.53: One minutes silence to Remember all the Dead killed at and by work
12.55: Laying of wreaths
12.57: Song from Claire Mooney
13.00: Lynn Collins – concluding comments.
Adjourn to the People’s History Museum – stewards will point the way- to see the “Fair enough: We are all sickened by inequality at work” exhibition, the new GMHC film on why IWMD is important to us and have a cup of tea. And warm up/cool down/ dry off- whatever is appropriate!
NUT and ATL members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the amalgamation of our two unions. Our new union will be called the National Education Union (NEU).
The National Education Union will come into existence on 1 September 2017 with over 450,000 members, a powerful voice for the whole education profession, in state-funded and independent schools and colleges. For full details see the press release.
Unity is Strength
It’s no secret that professional unity has been a hot topic at the National Union of Teachers for many years. A union is only as strong as its membership and incorporating the majority of teachers into one union would result in a louder, more persuasive voice when championing the rights of school staff and students. Bringing together the National Union of Teachers with the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) to create a new union is a natural progression in the quest to provide the most effective and efficient means of representing all education professionals.
We sat down with Kevin Courtney, NUT General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, ATL General Secretary, to find out more about the amalgamation of these two unions and what it will mean for members. Both were keen to share their thoughts on why the time is now to join forces and how teachers everywhere will benefit from a strong unified profession
The next NW H&S Adviser Group Meeting & Training will take place on 24 March at The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Off Cromwell Avenue, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1HQ and is open to all reps, Division Secretaries and members across the region. Divisions are also encouraged to send a delegate to the advisers meeting.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
North West H&S Adviser Group Meeting/Training
Arrival from 12:30pm – Buffet lunch & refreshments
Group Meeting/training – 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Valuing Women- Health and Safety issues for Women Teachers
Arrival from 3.30pm – Hot/cold food & refreshments
4:00pm – Main Speaker – Janet Newsham (TUC Hazards)
5.30pm – Finish
Places can be booked via the Eventbrite link below.