Delegates agreed that this years’ conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) was one of the most enthusiastic and left wing ever.
Teachers are currently balloting for strike action and questions of pay and industrial action dominated the conference, held in Manchester over the Easter weekend.
Other important debates included pupil behaviour, class sizes, city academies and military recruitment in schools. The conference voted to affiliate to the Abortion Rights campaign.
The left were well organised with a lively meeting of the Socialist Teachers Alliance on the Friday night. Around 70 people attended a meeting of the Left List.
Over 250 crammed into a meeting on “Britishness, racism and the war” with Lindsey German from the Stop the War Coalition, former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg and Rose Gentle from Military Families Against the War.