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NUT conference: classroom behaviour

25 March 2008
An important debate on classroom behaviour took place at conference, at a time when panic about violence among children is leading to some schools introducing "airport style" metal detectors, on-site police officers and increased surveillance of students.

Left gains in NUT elections

18 March 2008
The elections for the national executive of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have meant a slight but significant shift towards a majority for the combined left.

Defending Pimlico School

18 March 2008
Protesters occupied the lobby of Sovereign Capital on Wednesday of last week, in protest at plans to turn Pimlico School in south London into an academy.

Key issues for NUT conference

18 March 2008
The annual conference of the NUT teachers’ union over this Easter weekend will be dominated by a discussion about how to take forward the union’s pay campaign.

Lecturers: fight hard for a strong Yes vote for action

18 March 2008
Lecturers in further education colleges in the UCU union received ballot papers this week for a strike over pay and conditions. Our claim this year is for 6 percent or £1,500.

London teachers plan demonstration on strike day

11 March 2008
London branches of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) have organised a demonstration and rally in London on 24 April.

Further education lecturers ballot for action

11 March 2008
Lecturers in further education in the UCU union will begin balloting this week over whether to take strike action against their below-inflation pay offer.

Anti academies conference

11 March 2008
Over 200 people attended a conference against academies organised by South Eastern Region of the TUC and the Anti Academies Alliance, on Saturday of last week.

Barrow parents reject school bribe

04 March 2008
Anti-academy schools campaigners are set to mount a challenge to over 30 sitting New Labour and Tory councillors in Barrow.

Teachers set for battle over pay

04 March 2008
Teachers in the NUT union across England and Wales are building for a yes vote in a ballot over whether to take strike action over pay.

Unions oppose market agenda

04 March 2008
This week saw the launch of the "Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities" campaign in London, organised by the UCU and NUT unions to fight back against the free market agenda in education.

Michael Rosen explains how not to bore the pants off kids

04 March 2008
Over the last ten years or so, the government has brought a regime into schools that has battened down on teachers to teach reading and writing in a way that bores teachers and bores kids.

A vote to defend UCU union’s freedom

04 March 2008
Members of the UCU union in the higher education sector have rejected proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Over 60 percent voted no on a turnout of 27 percent.

UCU members reject restrictions on industrial action

28 February 2008
Members of the UCU union in higher education have voted to reject proposed changes to national negotiating structures. Some 61 percent voted no and 39 percent voted yes on a turnout of 27 percent.

Strike set to shut Barnsley school

26 February 2008
National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Darton High School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, began striking for three days from Tuesday of this week, followed by another three day strike starting on Tuesday of next week.

Boss reveals Labour’s nasty agenda on academies

26 February 2008
The "progressive" face of New Labour’s academy programme slipped this week, after a leading academy sponsor spoke of his desire to deny parents the right to appeal over exclusions and described teaching unions as a "block to reform".

Teachers - a pay fight for the future of education

26 February 2008
Over 250,000 teachers in the NUT union will be balloted from Thursday of this week on whether to hold a one-day strike over their below-inflation pay offer. If teachers vote yes in the ballot it could lead to the first national teachers strike in over 20 years.

Lecturers ballot on negotiating structures

19 February 2008
UCU union members are currently being balloted over new national negotiating structures in the higher education sector. The ballot ends on Monday of next week.

Teachers round-up

19 February 2008
Teachers meet to plan action over low pay Around 250,000 teachers in the NUT union are preparing for a strike ballot beginning on 28 February over pay. Union members are mobilising to get the biggest possible vote out.

Union launches campaign in further education

19 February 2008
Further education lecturers in the UCU union have launched a new campaign – Our Schools, Our Colleges, Our Communities, Our Unions.

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