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Reports from London for the 13 July post strike

13 July 2007
North London The strike was 100 percent solid at Highbury in Islington, North London. There were 13 people on a confident picket line out of fewer than 40 workers. Union rep Martin Gyan said, "They want to turn us into a part time company. If there is no work you’ll just be sitting at home.

Stop the school academies - round up of action

07 April 2007

Islington Green anti-academy campaigners will fight on

27 January 2007
Campaigners against turning Islington Green School in north London into a city academy have vowed to keep on fighting after the council decided to push ahead with its plans.

Anti academies protests

13 January 2007
Teachers, parents and pupils are set to lobby Islington town hall in north London on Thursday of next week, 18 January, at 5.30pm.

Lib Dem council says Islington Green School will close

18 November 2006
Islington’s Liberal Democrat controlled council, against national party policy, has ignored the wishes of the governors of Islington Green School (IGS) and issued a closure notice on the school in order to reopen it in 2008 as an academy.

Islington Green School staff vote against academy

11 November 2006
Staff at Islington Green School in north London recently voted in a secret ballot by 89 to three against their school becoming a semi-privatised academy.

City academies

01 July 2006
Islington teachers and parents protested at accountants Kingston Smith in London last week. One of the firm’s senior partners is Michael Snyder, chairman of the policy and resources committee of the Corporation of London which wants to co-sponsor an academy in place of Islington Green School. On 20 July at Islington town hall, the council executive is set to discuss issuing a closure notice on Islington Green School so that it can be reopened as an academy. Join the protest in Upper Street, London N1, from 6.30pm.

Does Islington care about voter registration?

04 March 2006
The borough of Islington has the lowest level of voter registration in London, which as a city has the lowest rates of registration in the country.

Education round-up

14 January 2006
March in Whitehall A protest march on Whitehall against government education plans has been called by Ealing and Islington NUT teachers’ union branches, with the support of the Socialist Teachers Alliance, Islington Campaign Against Academies and many other activists.

College lecturers

07 January 2006
Unions at City and Islington College, north London, have called a rally to defend education to coincide with the visit of education secretary Ruth Kelly on Tuesday 24 January.

City academies

19 November 2005
Parents, teachers and support staff in Islington, north London, won a stunning victory against a proposed academy in the area in July.

Free speech denied to firefighters at memorial

15 October 2005
‘A memorial was being held in Islington, north London, for the 11 people from the borough who were killed in the London bombings.

How we beat back the Islington academy plan

02 July 2005
Last week parents, teachers and support staff in Islington, north London, won a stunning victory. They forced ARK, a charity run by a group of bankers and hedge fund speculators, to pull out of a scheme to create an independent but state-funded academy on the sites of Islington Green and Moreland schools.

Fighting off the school fat cats in Islington

25 June 2005
Campaigners against the introduction of privately run city academy schools in Islington, north London, sniff the scent of victory. They have uncovered a scandalous conflict of interest at the heart of the bid.

Campaign against city academies shout out, ‘Hey, bankers, leave our kids alone’

28 May 2005
Parents, children and teachers lobbied Islington council’s schools organisation committee on Thursday of last week. They are attempting to dissuade it from agreeing to close St Mary Magdalene primary school and reopen it as a city academy with 1,400 pupils aged between three and 19.

Reports round-up

30 April 2005
No welcome for academy plan Teachers and parents got an excellent response from the public when they petitioned last weekend against plans to introduce city academies into Islington, north London.

How many will be sent to their deaths?

19 February 2005
TWENTY FIVE students and teachers from City and Islington College, north London, protested outside the home office on Tuesday of last week over the threatened deportation of student Abdul Turay.

Islington Green — the school Labour tried to destroy

19 February 2005
STAFF AND former pupils are demanding to know whether New Labour education ministers were involved in the decision to sweep aside an inspectors’ report and fail Islington Green school in 1997.


18 December 2004
FIFTY TWO people attended a public meeting called by firefighters in Islington, north London, last week to protest at plans to remove ten appliances from inner London and shut a station.

Unite to stop the schools sacrifice

13 November 2004
Overwhelming concern and considerable opposition. This was the response of parents to proposals to close down the St Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School in Islington, north London, at a "consultation" meeting last week.

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