“We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!” – April 12th 2018 7:30 at Barnsley Civic

“We Are The Lions, Mr Manager!” presented by Townse End Productions and sponsored by BTUC. Reception at 6:30pm and the play beginning at 7:30pm.

The Barnsley Civic website says ‘We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike.

She was recently amongst the women who have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years as part of the Radio 4 Women’s Hour Power List.

She brought the issue of workplace exploitation and racism to the fore, challenged the perception of Asian women being inherently passive and docile, whilst having the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, telling them:

“What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!”

She not only stood up for workers’ rights and against oppression with selfless dedication, but with her steadfast resolve, she turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

Tickets are £12/£10 Concession visit https://www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/events/we-are-the-lions-mr-manager or call the Box Office on 01226 327000

Fair Fund Barnsley

Fair Funding For All Schools is a parent-led action group campaigning against the current government cuts to schooling. Across the country, parents, teachers, support staff and others have established campaigning communities that come together to make their voices heard.

Barnsley now has its own Fair Funding twitter page @FairFundBarn where campaigning, events and more will be shared from Barnsley and other regions around the country.

Free CPD! – Responding to Young People’s Questions and Fears – 11/12 July 2017

Whether it’s Brexit, Donald Trump, Syria or the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London, national and international events are impacting on the lives of children and young people in schools up and down the country. Childline has reported a 35% increase in anxiety counselling sessions amongst young callers. Research indicates the reasons for the sharp rise are down to a combination of personal and political issues.

Teachers are increasingly being faced with questions and worries from young people. The NUT in partnership with EqualiTeach have developed a training course to help teachers respond in a supportive and effective fashion to young people’s questions and fears around these issues.

This training session will support participants to:

  • address their concerns about working with young people on issues that worry or distress them
  • explore techniques to deal with questions from young people
  • effectively challenge prejudicial attitudes
  • educate young people to help them to recognise misinformation and reject stereotypes, prejudice and hate
  • help young people to become active citizens and create positive communities.

Click for more information on the event in Manchester (11th July 2017)

Click for more information on the event in London (12th July 2017)

Education Question Time – Barnsley East

In the run up to the general election, it is important that the public has the opportunity to hear candidates views, to make an informed decision.

We believe that education should be on the priority list for all candidates this election, which is why we have invited all parliamentary candidates for Barnsley East to take part in an Education Question Time.

Join us on May 30th (6:00pm to 7:30pm) and see local candidates answer questions from the public regarding educational issues, locally and nationally.

Register your interest at


May 30, 2017 at 6pm – 7:30pm
Milton Hall
Fitzwilliam Street
Barnsley S74 8EZ
United Kingdom
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Campaign against cuts to Education – Barnsley – 20th May

On Saturday 20th May, NUT members will be holding a stall campaigning against the current cuts to education at an event in Barnsley.

Save our HS, No Fracking Barnsley, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign and Stand Up To Racism will also be in attendance, along with members from other trade unions.

For additional information, contact Barnsley NUT at secretary@barnsley.nut.org.uk


Stand Up To Racism Conference – Sheffield

On Saturday 13th May, members of Barnsley NUT attended the Stand Up To Racism conference in Sheffield. Around 100 people attended the conference, with almost 20 attending from Barnsley, including several asylum seekers.
Speakers included Moazzem Begg (who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for three years before being released without charge), Muhammed Taj (from Unite and the Trade Union Council), Weyman Bennett (from Stand up to Racism), Natalie Bennett (from the Green Party) and a Labour councillor from Rotherham. All the speakers spoke powerfully about the need to resist racism and Islamaphobia.
Four workshops enabled people to discuss particular issues in more detail: welcoming migrant workers and refugees, the need to challenge the Prevent strategy and the fight against fascism.
SUTR has launched a statement “Keep Racism out of the election” which it is asking candidates to sign.
At the end of the Conference delegates held up Defend Education placards to support the NUT campaign.

The Great Get Together: 16th – 18th June

The NUT is supporting The Great Get Together, which is taking place across the country. Inspired by MP Jo Cox, who was tragically murdered last year, The Great Get Together aims to bring together communities, neighbours, pupils and friends to share and celebrate all that we hold in common.

Schools are being asked to take part with a special assembly on Friday 16th June. Please save the date of Friday 16th June, join the celebration and hold an assembly.

The campaign will create materials which can be incorporated into regular assembles or run in addition to them and we will be posting again once this is available. In the meantime, there’s more information on the schools page on the website as well as a form for schools to register their interest.