Socialist Worker

Teachers meet to organise resistance

by Nick Grant
Issue No. 2340

Around 90 education activists gathered at an excellent Education For Liberation conference in Camden, north London, last Saturday.

Professor of Education Ken Jones and Lambeth primary teacher Jess Edwards kicked things off talking about where education is heading in this era of austerity.

From classroom practices to government policies there is utter hypocrisy.

Education secretary Michael Gove claims to be presiding over universal excellence. In reality there are highly pressurised staff, reduced quality and access.

NUT union general secretary Christine Blower highlighted the cruelty of phonics testing for 5 year olds. Writer and broadcaster Michael Rosen talked about the political role of schools inspectorate Ofsted.

There was a sharp debate about whether there is still time and enthusiasm for the NUT union to strike over pay and pensions before Easter. Most contributors argued that indeed there is!

London Region NUT is mobilising for a mass lobby of Gove on Wednesday 13 March from 5pm in the Piazza of Westminster Cathedral.

Activists in Coventry will also protest simultaneously at the Department of Education buildings there.

As Socialist Worker went to press, a verdict was expected from the High Court on a challenge to Gove over altered GCSE grades last year.

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