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Stockport NEU Branch AGM
An equal world is an enabled world.
At the next Stockport NEU meeting we will mark International Women's Day and discuss how to forge a gender equal world. We will celebrate women's achievement and raise awareness against bias.
Our speaker is the Centre Manager of Stockport's Women’s Centre who will tell us of their important work improving the quality of women's lives across priority areas addressing inequalities that exist and improve access to therapeutic services for women. The group also deliver interventions to improve the mental health and well-being of women, improving their ability to provide a better environment in which they and their families can flourish.
Join us on Tuesday 3rd March at 4.30 pm at the Bake House, 287 Buxton Rd, Stockport SK2 7NR
New members and children welcome
In accordance with the Branch Rules (Appendix G to the Rules), branch elections shall take place annually in the spring term and those elected shall take up office at the start of the next academic year. All branch members are invited to stand for election as Secretary and Vice-Chairperson. Nominations should submitted in advance of the spring term meeting. If posts are contested, the election will take place immediately after that meeting with a ballot period not exceeding 14 days.
NEU Strike Action on 27 February for Staff at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College
National Education Union members working in Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College will be taking a further day of strike action on Thursday 27 February to demand more funding for their colleges.
Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College is striking alongside staff in 33 other Sixth Form Colleges nationwide. In total, 38% of all sixth form colleges and 16-19 academies will be taking action together. The NEU is in dispute with the Secretary of State and seeking improved pay, conditions and employment through better funding for 16-19 education.
There is currently an overall £700 million shortfall in funding for Post 16 Education which the NEU wants to see rectified in the forthcoming Budget.
Funding for 16-19 education has been cut by more and for longer than in schools and funding increases announced before the Election are grossly inadequate. Jobs have been cut, class sizes have risen and pay has fallen. If the crisis continues to go unaddressed, the future of the sector is at threat and it is students’ education that will continue to suffer.
Our members are seeking higher and sustained funding which will improve the pay, working conditions and security of employment of NEU members and secure the future of the sector. 16-19 education has been neglected under the Conservatives, and in sixth form colleges in particular. No one strikes willingly, but our members are angry and determined to secure a properly funded future for both staff and students.
Join us on the picket line from 7.30 am on Thursday 27th February at Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College, Cheadle Rd, Cheadle Hulme, Cheadle SK8 5HA
Sign this petition to save our nursery schools
There are 392 nursery schools in England. The majority are located in the poorest parts of the country and, for many children, they are the only opportunity for early education. As a result of chronic underfunding, many nursery schools have been forced to close in recent years.
Unless the Government changes course, even more nursery schools will face threat of closure, as early as September 2020.
The Government has accepted that nursery school funding is insufficient. As a stopgap measure, it allocated some money to plug the holes – but only till 2020. Even with the recent funding announcement for schools and colleges, there is no funding commitment to secure the future of maintained nursery schools. Nursery schools face losing one third of their budget on average next year. This means severe cuts to the education and services they provide. In many cases, these cuts will simply put nursery schools at risk of closure.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson must guarantee proper funding for the long term and ensure no more nursery schools are forced to close because of insufficient budgets.
School Funding Campaign
School funding cuts implemented by the Government put education at risk in Stockport, and huge cuts hitting schools now. Increased funding is desperately needed to safeguard our children’s education. We want to change the course and ‘invest, don’t cut’ in our nurseries, schools and colleges.
Over the last few weeks, the Government have announced billions of pounds for our schools over the next three years. Make sure you read this to the end so you get all the facts.
This is the biggest boost we’ve secured for our schools so far — but it’s not enough.
You have made it politically unthinkable for any government to ignore the school funding crisis.
Until now the Government has refused to acknowledge the cuts that have devastated our schools for years.
Add it all up and that’s £21.1bn that we have won for our schools since starting this campaign.
Imagine what would have happened if we hadn’t come together, if we hadn’t marched, lobbied, written, leafleted, hung banners and talked to our neighbours.
Imagine the state our schools would be in right now.
This is your win, but be under no illusions, this announcement does not solve all the funding crisis.
You’ll hear on the news that there are no winners and losers, but that’s just not true.
All we have is the headline figures and they’re just not high enough. We know from experience that the devil is in the details. As soon as we know more we will do the maths and let you know what this means for our schools.
The Government wants you to believe that this money will settle the shortfall for every child, but here’s the bottom line: there is no way that’s true.
Sign up to https://schoolcuts.org.uk/ to keep up to date with how the campaign is going.
Together for Education week of action 2-9 November
Following on from our successful rally in June, the together for education partners are calling for a week of action on education funding in November. This week will include an activity a day. Please sign up to take part in this week and encourage others to do so here.
Other ways to find support
Your regional NEU office is North West Region. Call 012 0452 1434 or use the email contact form. If you need to speak to a member adviser, call AdviceLine on 0345 811 8111 or use the email contact form.
Unless Government changes course, all local authority Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) in England will lose on average 30% of their budget by September 2020.
Unless education is properly funded, children in every area will suffer.
ASCL, NAHT and NEU responded to the announcement of a 3.5% pay increase for classroom teachers on the main pay range and the Department for Education’s commitment to funding part of this pay award.