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Derby celebrates win over academy plans

20 January 2009
Campaigners in Derby won an important victory last week when the council withdrew plans to transform Sinfin community school into an academy school.

Defend Oldham NUT rep Mac Andrassy

20 January 2009
NUT teachers’ union rep and leading anti-academy campaigner Mac Andrassy was suspended from his job at Counthill school in Oldham on Wednesday of last week on a charge of gross misconduct.

Lecturers vote to strike

20 January 2009
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at 11 colleges have voted to strike on Thursday 5 February.

Keep fighting to end SATs

15 December 2008
The government’s long-awaited independent review of the primary curriculum, which was published last week, will disappoint anyone hoping to see an end to the hated SATs tests.

Newham strike against academy

15 December 2008
A strike by around 50 teachers at the Royal Docks School in Newham, east London, closed down the school on Wednesday of last week. The teachers, members of the NUT union, were striking over plans to shut the school and reopen it as an academy.

Striking out against school privatisations

09 December 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at the Royal Docks school in Newham, east London, are set to strike on Wednesday of this week against proposals to transform the school into an academy.

Lecturers’ union wins recognition at Nottingham Trent

09 December 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union at Nottingham Trent university has won a new union recognition agreement after three months of struggle.

Lifelong learning launch in north east London

02 December 2008
Community groups, students, teachers and a wide range of local people from Hackney, Tottenham and Islington in north east London came together on Thursday of last week to a local launch meeting of CALL (Campaigning Alliance for Lifelong Learning). Around 120 people packed into the meeting.

Socialist Teachers Alliance discusses strategy

25 November 2008
Some 40 teachers in the Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) met last Saturday.

Striking for pensions in further education

25 November 2008
Workers at the University of Sussex took part in a fourth day of strike action on Thursday of last week against planned attacks on their pension scheme.

Why teachers should be on strike

11 November 2008
The public sector pay fight suffered a serious setback last week when the NUT teachers’ union decided not to call further strikes over pay. This was good news for the government and employers.

Goldsmiths lecturers reject privatisation plans

04 November 2008
This week lecturers at Goldsmiths College massively rejected management proposals to privatise the recruitment of teaching

Build fight over lecturers' pay

04 November 2008
On Friday of this week the UCU union will hold a conference of lecturers in higher education to discuss our 2009 pay claim.

Teachers' round-up

04 November 2008
New strike at Sinfin school NASUWT union members at the Sinfin community school in Derby began a three-day strike on Tuesday of this week in their continuing campaign against plans to turn the school into an academy.

Another Education Is Possible campaign launched

04 November 2008
The Another Education Is Possible campaign was launched on Saturday of last week, with 170 delegates from universities across Britain attending the launch conference.

Sheffield activists may challenge academy result

28 October 2008
Campaigners against academy schools in Sheffield are considering whether to challenge a "consultation ballot" that took place in the city over plans to turn Parkwood School into an academy.

Last few days of NUT ballot

28 October 2008
There are just a few days of voting left in the NUT teachers’ union’s ballot for strike action over pay.

Celebrate Sats victory

21 October 2008
There was jubilation in secondary schools last week as the government announced it was scrapping Sats tests for 14 year olds in English, maths and science.

Push to build yes vote for strikes over teachers’ pay

21 October 2008
Teachers in the NUT union have less than two weeks to build the yes vote in their national ballot for strike action over pay.

Preston anti-academies campaign

21 October 2008
It’s been a busy week for anti-academy campaigners in Preston. On Wednesday local councillor Michael Lavalette was elected as a parent governor at Fulwood high school.

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