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Education round-up

Issue No. 2475

Strike called to stop academy in Birmingham

Workers at Small Heath School in Birmingham were set to strike on Tuesday of next week against a plan to force it to become an academy.

This follows 24-hour strikes in May and July against the proposal. The action involves NUT, NASUWT and ATL union members. They plan further strikes on 18 November and 10 December.

Strikers received hundreds of messages of support during their previous walkouts and have won support from parents and students.

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Rally against cuts at Open University

Protesters gathered outside the Open University office in Leeds on Monday of this week to demonstrate against cuts. 

Others joined a rally in Birmingham on Tuesday of this week called by the UCU and Unison unions.

The Open University plans to close seven offices to “streamline”. Unions say the cut puts 500 jobs at risk.

Activists in Milton Keynes planned to lobby the Senate on Wednesday of this week in protest at the cuts.

Students defend maintenance grants

Students were set to hold a day of action against Tory plans to scrap student maintenance grants on Wednesday of this week.

The day of action was called by campaign group Students Assembly. Actions were set to take place at a number of different universities.

Stop the Tory attack on Esol

The Action for Esol campaign and London Region of the UCU union have called a lobby of parliament for Wednesday of this week. Activists are protesting against cuts to Adult Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol).

Shadow ministers John McDonnell and Diane Abbott and UCU president Liz Lawrence were set to speak.

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Occupation against course cuts at Soas

A group of students at Soas in the University of London began an occupation on Tuesday of last week.

It is in response to leaked plans by university management to cut 184 courses. The students are also demanding an end to the outsourcing of university staff to private contractors.

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