We’re pleased to announce that Kevin Courtney has been re-elected as Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers.
A world-first popular festival in Manchester, celebrating three centuries of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans history, run entirely by LGBT History Month volunteers
Events at Central Library explore three centuries of LGBTQ identity. Campaigners and academics behind groups such as the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, the Lesbian Information Service, and Press for Change discuss their life work, legacy, successes, and regrets.
School’s OUT UK will offer children, educators, parents and governors the chance to experience educational, fun, and inclusive activities for children of all ages.
And the world premier of a groundbreaking immersive theatre event: A Very Victorian Scandal.
You can read the full programme on the festival website. All events are free but some are ticketed.
Please check the festival website for more information and for festival events on Sunday 15 February at the People’s History Museum.
Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2015
On 27 January Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked in homes, schools and communities both nationally and internationally. This year we mark 70 years since the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
The NUT in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust have worked together to produce the free teaching resource Mosaic: Victims of Nazi Persecution. The teaching resource focuses on minority groups targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust and is designed for use with students aged 13 and above.
The resource materials are being updated. They will be available for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January.
Education can and does change attitudes. Find out more here.
Free Holocaust Memorial Day Trust resources to mark 27th January. Available at http://hmd.org.uk/
The NUT and ATL are holding a one-day event in Manchester on 28th February for education professionals to learn strategies and share ideas on the issues which matter most to you.
With workshops focusing on tackling workload and raising the profession’s status, this free event will give you the chance to talk with colleagues about what you can achieve in your workplace and in your union.
Deputy general secretaries Kevin Courtney (NUT) and Peter Pendle (ATL) will also discuss how the unions’ manifestos offer a shared vision for education and the opportunity to work together to strengthen our voice in the run-up to May’s election and beyond.
To find out more details and register, please click here
Date: Saturday 28 February 2015
Time: 10.30am coffee and registration; 3pm close; lunch provided
Venue: Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester
Plans are underway for Manchester International Workers’ Memorial Day, on 28 April 2015. The theme from the ITUC this year is exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, and the NUT are leading the way in emphasising the dangers of asbestos in our schools and colleges. Our Edufacts sheet on Asbestos can be found here.
Sadly, the number of deaths due to Asbestos in schools is rising. You can email your MP here to help put pressure on the DfE, which is delaying publication of the findings of its review of asbestos policy in schools, a report that could set an agenda for change.
The Hazards Campaign is a Manchester based website, which highlights safety at work, and provides details about last year’s Memorial Day. More information about this year’s event, which commemorates workers killed in their place of work, as well as highlighting workplace dangers, will be made available soon.
Don’t forget to vote in the Deputy General Secretary election!
MTA has endorsed Kevin Courtney as our preferred candidate. We think he has done an excellent job in helping to lead the union with Christine Blower, and deserves to be re-elected to continue the job.
Ballot papers were despatched directly to members’ home addresses on 5 January 2015. The closing date for return of ballot papers to the independent scrutineer, Electoral Reform Society is midday on Monday 26 January.
Any member not receiving a ballot paper can call the ballot hotline on 020 7380 4825 to request a duplicate. Please have your membership number to hand. The hotline is open from 12 to 22 January, 9am-5pm.
The General Secretary of Education International, Fred van Leeuwen, has asked for anybody who was appalled by the tragedy in Peshawar’s Army Public School to sign the petition which will be presented to the Pakistan authorities by the UN Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, in the coming weeks:
“…. one of our member organizations in Pakistan, the Pakistan Teachers’ Organisations Council (PTOC) has reported to us that the slain teachers made every possible effort to save as many lives as possible. Students have witnessed some extraordinary acts of courage shown by a number of our colleagues. Two of them who tried to prevent the terrorists from entering their class rooms, were doused in petrol and set ablaze. The massacre in Peshawar is not the first attack on children and teachers by terrorists. In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, groups of religious extremists have declared war on education, which they believe to be a sinful enterprise.
When earlier this year the Nigerian extremists from Boko Haram abducted 192 school girls in Chibok, Nigeria, Education International gave its full support to the Safe School Initiative, launched by the UN Global Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown. This initiative aims at assisting education authorities to create safe school environments, particularly in troubled areas. Unfortunately, governments and aid agencies have not yet made available the necessary financial resources.
We believe that the world community must be mobilized against heinous attacks on our schools. Governments around the world must take their responsibility and help prevent these crimes, which, obviously, are also seriously hampering efforts to achieve education for all children by the end of 2015.
This is to kindly but urgently request to you to call on your membership either through your regular publications or through the social media to sign a petition “
Happy New Year to all our MTA members, and good luck with the new term!
Two important reminders for January;
Firstly, you will be receiving ballot papers this week for the Deputy General Secretary election.
Manchester Teachers’ Association has endorsed Kevin Courtney as our preferred candidate in the election for Deputy General Secretary. We believe Kevin, along with Christine Blower, has led the union from the front, and has produced a campaign capable of strongly influencing not just the Government, but parents and the general public. He is the right person to continue to take the campaign forward.
It is really important that all members vote in this election.
Secondly, our Annual General Meeting is taking place at 6-7 pm, at Whalley Range High School on Wednesday 14 January.
The agenda can be downloaded from the MTA Information/Meetings menu above. All members are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. We hope to see you there!