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Issue No. 2145

Head goes after strike threat

An attempt to take schools out of community control has run into problems in Waltham Forest in east London.

The NUT union called off an industrial action ballot at Walthamstow Academy over allegations of bullying by senior management after the former headmistress left the school last week.

Walthamstow Academy is run by the United Learning Trust, the church-based group behind the biggest number of academy schools in Britain.

At another school in the area, Norlington, the NUT is to ballot for strike action against the proposed change of status to a trust school.

For more about Waltham Forest Campaign Against Trusts (WFCAT) go to »

Mike Barton

Unions unite against Sats

Two teaching unions are threatening to boycott the hated Sats tests for seven and 11 year olds if the government refuses to scrap the tests by next year.

The NUT teachers' union and the NAHT headteachers' association will discuss the boycott at their annual conferences this year.

This is a serious scaling up of the campaign against Sats. It follows the government's decision to scrap Sats for 14 year olds last year.

Nick Grant, from the NUT national executive, said, 'This represents a major revolt by heads and a huge challenge to all the main political parties.'

South Wales colleges protest

Hundreds of workers and students protested at colleges throughout South Wales on Wednesday of last week.

The protests were against funding cuts made by the Welsh Assembly in the further education sector. Demonstrations took place at Coleg Sir Gâr, Swansea College and Gorseinon College.

Jacqui Pany

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Tue 31 Mar 2009, 20:31 BST
Issue No. 2145
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