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.