Local Updates

Update on School Holiday Arrangements 2017/18

The proposed changes to the school holiday pattern for 2017/18 will not be happening and the Council will be seeking to undertake a full consultation during the 2016/17 teaching year regarding changes from 2018 onwards. Barnsley NUT welcomes this news and more information can be found on the Council website link below.

Barnsley Council have issued the following statement on their website:

Statement from Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for People:

“In response to concerns we have had about the consultation process and the change of position by some of our consulted partners, we now propose to our Cabinet that the school holiday arrangements for 2017/18 do not change, thereby leaving the longer summer holiday in place.

“We feel we’re unable to rely solely on the Schools Consultative Committee process as a basis for deciding school holidays. We’ll undertake a wider consultation during the school year 16/17 on proposals for any future changes from 2018 onwards. The arrangements for the consultation will be set out and published at the start of the new school year.”

Issued by Corporate Communications, Corporate Communications
Email: newsfromcorporatecommunications@barnsley.gov.uk



9th July 2016-Barnsley Education Conference

Barnsley is a fantastic place to teach and learn and we want to celebrate that. Please come to our Education Conference on the 9th July 2016 at Horizon Community College

See our home page for more details or click here to register for this free event



A special meeting will now be held at Athersley South Primary School, Wakefield Road, S71 3TP on Thursday 26th May. The meeting focus will be around building the ballot and updating members with national information. Tea is provided and the meeting will commence at 5pm immediately after the Division management commitee meeting.


Bring and Pinch Education Event- 7th March 2016

Teachers are hosting a twiglight CPD event at Athersley South Primary School on Monday March 7th 2016 at 3:30 small buffet and refreshments on arrival.

This event is an informal and enjoyable gathering of those passionate about teaching and learning. The idea is to bring along and share ideas that you use or have trialled in your classroom. It could be a teaching resource, a great app or website, a classroom activity or whatever you like 🙂

We would like to invite colleagues from Primary and Secondary to this event and look forward to sharing and more importantly ‘pinching’ great ideas (we know all teachers love doing this)

To register for a ticket for this free event click here now

Please email: e.hardy@nut.org.uk if you require additional information.



Stand up to Racism- Public Meeting 7pm

Venue- Barnsley Civic Theatre

The Civic,
Hanson Street,
S70 2HZ


Rotherham NUT Education Question Time- 8th March 2016 18:30-20:00pm

Are our schools becoming Exam Factories?

Rotherham NUT have organised an event where the above title can be discussed. The event is free but a ticket is required to attend- for more information please contact: p.noble@nut.org.uk

Panel and speakers include:

Merryn Hutchings- Emeritus Professor of Education of London Metropolitan University

Kevin Courtney- Deputy General Secretary NUT.

International Women’s Day- 8th March 2016

Barnsley Equalities forum is showing a free screening of the film Suffragette at the Civic Theatre.

The Civic,
Hanson Street,
S70 2HZ

The film will be screened between 1 and 5pm- you will need to register for a free ticket through event bright- below is a brief synopsis of the film:

Suffragette is a 2015 British historical period drama directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep.

For more details please contact:


National Demonstration in London to stand up to Racism and Fascism

Coach leaves Eldon St, Barnsley at 7.30am

Ticket prices: £16 waged;

£8 unwaged / students

Contact 07594857960 to buy a ticket

Email: barnsuaf@gmail.com

More detail see leaflet below:

Demo leaflet for blog