Special schools protest in Lewisham
Some 300 protesters marched on Lewisham town hall in south London to lobby the full council meeting against the closure of special schools on Wednesday of last week.
Children, parents, teachers, and support staff demanded that the council listen to parents' wishes.
The NUT teachers' union is planning strike ballots in two of the schools threatened with redundancies.
Sheila Amrouche, Lewisham NUT personal capacity
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Overseas trained teachers sacked
The government is overseeing the sacking of overseas trained teachers (OTT). Two teachers in Camden, north London, who hold senior posts have been asked to leave. A teacher in Hackney, east London, is being threatened with deportation.
The government does not recognise their teaching qualifications. It has decided to enforce a regulation which means that overseas trained staff must gain Qualified Teacher Status within four years of first teaching in Britain.
The NUT teachers' union is organising meetings for OTTs.
Committee of enquiry into academies
Campaigners against academy schools will be attending a committee of enquiry at parliament in central London on Tuesday 12 June.
The event is organised by Anti Academies Alliance, in conjunction with Ken Purchase MP.
For more information go to » www.antiacademies.org.uk
Plan for city academy in Preston
Lancashire's education authority has announced plans to set up a city academy school in Preston.
Private sponsors will fund the transformation of Fulwood High School and Arts College and Tulketh Community Sports College into an academy.
Three schools in Lancaster will also close to form an academy. Preston Respect councillor Michael Lavalette is calling a meeting to set up an Anti Academies Alliance group.
NUT vice president election
Socialist Worker is calling on NUT teachers' union activists to nominate Socialist Teachers Alliance candidate Roger King for the forthcoming NUT vice president election.