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Issue No. 2053

On the march in Lewisham

On the march in Lewisham

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.

David Gilchrist

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.

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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.

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Tue 29 May 2007, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2053
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