Category Archives: Campaigns

Conservative Party Conference demonstration

Austerity has failed – and the consequences can be seen as more and more teachers leave the profession, less young graduates join us, and schools are starved of funding.

Join us on Sunday 01 October to demonstrate at the Conservative Party Conference. This is a national demonstration, backed by the unions and many national organisations. It is part of the People’s Assembly “Take Back Manchester” week of activities.

Hope to see you there – there will be an NEU section on the march for you to join.

Manchester NUT Education Question Time Cancelled

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.

Manchester Fair Funding For All Schools Group, 20 May Rally

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 Education Question Time on 25 May

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 secretary@manchester.nut.org.uk 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:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/manchester-nut-education-question-time-tickets-34537177628

**Manchester Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess St, Manchester M1 6DD

Budget response from Kevin Courtney, NUT GS

Commenting on the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

 

“This budget is a complete dereliction of duty to our children and young people. The Chancellor knows full well that schools and sixth form colleges up and down the country are on their knees struggling to make ends meet. School budgets have been cut to the bone, class sizes have increased, subjects have been dropped from the curriculum, materials and resources are scarce yet nothing has been done to address this very serious problem. All this comes at a time of soaring pupil numbers and a developing crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.

 

“Despite the Conservative Party manifesto pledging a real-terms increase in the schools’ budget during this Parliament, the reality is far from the case. 98% of schools will see a real terms loss in funding per pupil between now and 2020. This takes into account the Government’s proposed ‘fair funding’ formula. In the Prime Minister’s constituency of Maidenhead, for instance, schools are set to lose an average of real terms loss of £377 per pupil, while the schools in Philip Hammond’s constituency of Runnymede and Weybridge will lose an average of £285 per pupil during the same period.

 

“Instead of tackling this crisis of their own making, we now learn that extra funding will pour into the opening of new free schools and grammar schools for which there is absolutely no need. Parents and teachers will be deeply dismayed at this flagrant and irresponsible waste of money. These are simply the wrong priorities.

 

“Any improvement to the current state of technical and vocational is welcome, but teachers will be concerned that introducing ‘T-Levels’ will increase the separation of academic and vocational pathways. As with its policy on grammar schools, the Government is fixated on creating educational divides – to the detriment of young people. The NUT supports a reformed, unified system of 14-19 curriculum and qualifications which helps bring an end to the notion that academic and technical learning pathways are an ‘either/or’ option.

 

“The money proposed for investment in school refurbishment will be welcome providing it is actually new money and will be spent on ensuring that school buildings are fit for purpose and safe from the dangers of asbestos. Nevertheless, with the National Audit Office having recently reported that it would cost some £6.7 billion to repair all school buildings to a satisfactory standard, we require much more substantial investment from the Government.

 

“The Government must focus on the funding crisis in our schools and colleges. The Chancellor had an opportunity to rectify this in his Budget but chose not to. This is an outrageous situation. Parents, teachers and MPs, many within the Conservative Party, will not stand by and allow this to happen.”

Kevin Courtney Press Release for Fair Deal 4 Manchester Rally, February 25

Manchester City Council, local trade unions and community groups are coming together in Manchester on Saturday 25 February to highlight the devastating effects of cut backs to health, social care, and education, to the local community.

A torch-lit march will leave Castlefield Arena at 5pm, and after arriving at Albert Square, will hear calls for these basic services to be properly funded from a number of local and national figures, including Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, and Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers. Other speakers will be confirmed.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary, NUT, said: “The Government is keen at every turn to define its new funding formula for schools as ‘fair funding’, but this is nonsense. It cannot be fair without new money. There is a gaping hole in the school budget and it is only set to increase through inflation and a rise in pupil numbers. The Government’s planned formula ensures that 98.5% of schools will see their funding per pupil fall in real terms. Every demographic of school is hit – rural schools, inner city schools, grammars, secondary moderns, academies, and faith schools. All will lose funding. There are no winners from the Government’s education policy, only losers and worse losers.”

John Morgan, Secretary of Manchester NUT, added “Here in Manchester we are already starting to see the effects, with large cuts planned to the Sensory Support Service, and a number of schools announcing re-organisations and planned redundancies just since January. This situation is guaranteed to worsen.”

Strike Day 05 July #J5

NUT members came out on strike in force yesterday, with schools across the region being affected by industrial action against government cuts to education funding. Six hundred members and supporters from sister unions marched through Manchester, and later assembled to hear speeches from Kiri Tunks, NUT Junior Vice President, concerned parents, Manchester City Councillors, our sister union the UCU, and others.

Most importantly, we have now established the legal right to take more action in the Autumn term, if the government do not engage in meaningful talks on funding, national terms and conditions, and workload.