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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seven teachers are still solid in Barnsley

03 February 2009
The strike action at Joseph Locke primary school in Barnsley continues. Seven NUT union members continue to support their colleague who is losing £260 a month due to reorganisation at the school.

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.

Solid seven Barnsley teachers strike again

27 January 2009
Seven teachers in the NUT union took part in a solid three-day strike at Joseph Locke primary school in Barnsley last week.

Carlisle students turn up heat on academies

27 January 2009
An angry protest by school students in Carlisle last week has highlighted the failures of the government’s city academies programme.

Support grows for suspended NUT rep

27 January 2009
Support is growing for suspended NUT union rep and anti-academy campaigner Mac Andrassy.

Anger in Glasgow at attack on education

27 January 2009
Over 200 angry parents demonstrated outside Glasgow City Chambers on Friday of last week.

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