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Teachers’ union conference votes to boycott Sats tests

12 April 2009
Delegates at the National Union of Teachers (NUT) conference in Cardiff have voted unanimously for a boycott of the hated Sats tests next year – if the government refuses to abolish them.

Photos of Glasgow school occupations at Wyndford and St Gregory’s

08 April 2009

Fighting job losses at London Met

07 April 2009
The UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan University are set to ballot for industrial action against planned job cuts.

Northampton postpones academy plans

07 April 2009
Anti-academy campaigners won a victory this week when Northampton council postponed plans to transform the Unity College secondary school into an academy.

Glasgow schools occupy in battle against closures

07 April 2009
Parents in Glasgow stepped up their fight against school closures by occupying two primary schools on Friday of last week.

NUT conference meets this weekend

07 April 2009
Delegates to the NUT union’s annual conference this weekend will meet at a time of crisis that is impacting on their jobs, pay and pensions.

Education round-up

31 March 2009
Head goes after strike threat An attempt to take schools out of community control has run into problems in Waltham Forest in east London.

Royal Docks teachers strike against academy

24 March 2009
NUT and NASUWT teachers’ union members took joint strike action at the Royal Docks school in Newham, east London, on Thursday of last week.

Glasgow schools protest

24 March 2009

Colleges and universities: crisis and cuts threaten a generation’s education

24 March 2009
The recession is taking a big toll on further and higher education, as a programme of job cuts and course closures threatens the quality of education and choice of courses for a generation of students.

Birkbeck campaign wins a living wage

24 March 2009
Staff and students at Birkbeck College in central London celebrated a victory over poverty pay for cleaning and catering staff last week.

Teachers’ strike over dress code called off

24 March 2009
A planned strike in defence of a sacked teacher, due to take place on Thursday of last week, was called off.

Seize the time at London Met after head quits

24 March 2009
Workers and students at London Metropolitan University were cheered by the news of vice-chancellor Brian Roper’s resignation last week. But they were also clear that the fight to save jobs at the university is far from over.

London Met university vice-chancellor resigns in cuts row

20 March 2009
Brian Roper, the disgraced vice-chancellor of London Metropolitan university, has resigned.

London Met workers lobby governors against job cuts

18 March 2009
"We know you've got the money – save London Met." That was the demand of workers and students on Wednesday of this week as they lobbied a meeting of governors at London Metropolitan university.

Job cutting London Metropolitan university has millions in the bank

17 March 2009
Management at London Metropolitan University last week presented stunned union reps with a detailed list of all university departments and jobs they wanted to cut.

No faith in Trust schools

17 March 2009
New Labour is facing a growing revolt over its education policies, which are wreaking havoc in schools across Britain. Increasing bureaucracy, testing and marketisation mean more stress for teachers and a worse education for children.

Degree? That’ll be £21,000

17 March 2009
Tuition fees for university students could reach a staggering £7,000 a year – raising the prospect of graduates leaving college tens of thousands of pounds in debt, just as the economy goes into freefall.

Schools round-up

17 March 2009
Head sparks ballot at academy Teachers in Walthamstow Academy, which is run by the United Learning Trust, are balloting for industrial action over alleged bullying by the head teacher.

Pollokshields march to defend nurseries

10 March 2009
Around 300 parents, toddlers and supporters marched through Pollokshields on the south side of Glasgow last Saturday against the closure of two local nurseries.

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