NUT’s Louise Regan speaking in Nottingham

Notts Momentum’s next meeting is on July 5th at 7pm at the Mechanics Institute and we will be discussing what a Labour Education policy should be, with Louise Regan, Vice President of the National Union of Teachers.

Venue – The Nottingham Mechanics Institute, 3 North Sherwood St, Nottingham NG1 4EZ”

I’ve contacted Momentum to say we are trying to get Hands Off Our Schools activities up and running again and to see if Hands Off Our Schools members could attend this meeting. They are happy for us to come along and contribute to the discussion – you don’t have to be a Momentum supporter.

I thought this would be a good opportunity for us to catch up on NUT activities/campaigning against current government policies/debate around influencing Labour’s education policy.

I don’t generally like meeting in pubs, but we could perhaps have a quick HOOS meeting after this meeting eg in the Orange Tree pub around the corner from the mechanics?

Please let me know if you think this is a good idea. I’m going to go to this meetings but am happy to organise a HOOS meeting in Beeston later in July if people aren’t generally happy with suggestion to meet fairly informally on Tuesday 5th after Momentum meeting.




…and what about 2016?

No predictions – or even ‘resolutions’ – but a few intentions.

During the last couple of months of 2015, we decided to start using social media a bit more so that longer, more thoughtful or detailed pieces can appear here, on the website, and be ‘posted’ on Facebook simultaneously (and on Twitter as well). In addition, some snippets or brief comments will appear directly on our Facebook page. If you’re not following us there, simply click here and ‘like’ so that all our posts will appear in your timeline – and feel free to comment on and, in particular, share our posts so that all your Facebook friends will see them too.

We also have a ‘closed’ Facebook page where supporters can discuss information and tactics. You have to go there and request to join. If one of the administrators recognises you, they’ll let you in (all very ‘cloak and dagger’!)

We intend to try to spread the information we manage to obtain – either from specialist on-line sites or regional newspapers, for example, as well as from our own FoI requests. We hope you will want to spread that information a bit further – indeed, we urge you to do so. The more people know what is really happening in education, the more opposition to this government’s policies will grow.

In the New Year, we have some information about NUAST – obtained via FoI – to share. Look out for it!


Reminder of open meeting this Thursday

Don’t forget we are having an open meeting this Thursday, 14 March, 4.30 pm at The Commercial pub on Wollaton Road, Beeston.

It’s opposite another pub called The Cricketers, the Sainsburys supermarket is behind The Cricketers and you can park in the supermarket car park for up to three hours (don’t worry, the meeting won’t go on that long). Please check the parking restrictions when you arrive, just to be on the safe side!