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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Class

24 February 2009
The Class portrays a year in the life of a Parisian secondary school.

London calling for lifelong learning

24 February 2009
The Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning organised a lobby of parliament for Wednesday of this week to defend further and adult education.

Threat to sack 800 at London Metropolitan University

24 February 2009
In one of the biggest assaults on workers in higher education yet seen, management at London Metropolitan University have announced that up to one quarter of all workers will lose their jobs by the end of the next academic year.

Education round-up

17 February 2009
Essa academy staff defend conditions Workers at the Essa academy (formerly Hayward school) in Bolton are pushing for a strike ballot to defend their trade union agreement against management attempts to water it down.

Action to block Brent academies

10 February 2009
More than 40 teachers in Brent, north west London, met on Friday of last week to discuss how to resist plans to turn two of the borough’s schools into academies sponsored by Edutrust.

Statement of support for student occupations over Gaza from members of the UCU union NEC

06 February 2009
As members of the University and College Union National Executive Committee, we would like to send solidarity greetings to the students in the 17 universities who have occupied their universities in protest over the Gaza crisis. This is the largest wave of occupations for over a quarter of a century. Too often, the media seek to portray this generation of students as ones who do not share the aspirations of the 1968 generation – and deride you as, "Generation Apathy". Your actions have decisively dispelled this myth.

Protest at Glasgow council school closure plans

03 February 2009
Large angry meetings have been held across Glasgow in protest at the council’s plans to close 13 primary and 12 nursery schools to save £3.7 million.

Lecturers set to strike over pay

03 February 2009
Further education lecturers in eleven colleges will be out on strike on Thursday of this week.

Challenging the market in education conference

03 February 2009
Some 55 UCU union members from across the north west of England last week joined an inspiring conference in Manchester on Challenging the market in education.

Jobs fight at London Metropolitan university

03 February 2009
Members of the UCU and Unison unions at London Metropolitan university are fighting attacks on their jobs.

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