FOLLOWING A successful campaign against the Education Action Zone in Hackney, east London, eleven schools have pulled out of the scheme. After an indicative vote among the remaining schools in the EAZ, the National Union of Teachers is now looking to ballot two schools - Kingsland and William Patten - for industrial action.
THERE IS a crisis in confidence in north London's Islington Education Authority over plans to privatise educational services. This has been triggered by the snap resignation of the director of education. Parents Against Privatisation has issued an open letter calling on education minister David Blunkett and Islington council to abandon privatisation plans.
Head teachers are voicing their opposition to privatisation, and some have agreed to sign the open letter. Parents Against Privatisation are to stand a candidate in the Hillrise council by-election in the north of the borough.
THE GLASGOW election for Scotland's largest teaching union, the EIS, showed a large increase in the number of votes for SWP candidates. SWP candidates gained nearly 1,000 votes, compared with the top vote of 1,470. This demonstrates that, in spite of the recent sell out on industrial action by the union executive, teachers are still prepared to fight back.