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Schools round-up

16 July 2008
Rodillian High School Teachers in the NUT union at Rodillian High School in Leeds struck on Tuesday of this week against proposals to increase their teaching hours from 21 to 22 hours a week.

School strikes against academies in Bolton

16 July 2008
School support staff in the Unison union and teachers in the NUT union at Hayward and Withins schools in Bolton struck on Tuesday of this week against plans to transfer their employment to an academy and the failure to consult them.

Brent anti academies protest continues

16 July 2008
Brent council went to the courts on Tuesday of this week to win an eviction order against anti academies protestors occupying Wembley Park recreation ground. The protestors have mounted a long running campaign and occupation of the sight of a new City Academy.

Less than inflation offer for lecturers

08 July 2008
The Association of Colleges made a revised pay offer to lecturers in further education last week. The offer was 3.2 percent – up from the previous offer of 2.5 percent.

Strike against Bolton academy

08 July 2008
In an important fight over city academies, members of the Unison and NUT unions at the Hayward school in Bolton have voted to strike over plans to transfer the school out of local authority control and transform it into an academy.

Fighting against academies

01 July 2008
The Anti Academies Alliance (AAA) has produced a statement in response to schools secretary Ed Balls’ alarming announcement that 638 secondary schools across Britain should "improve or close".

Pimlico school to strike again

01 July 2008
Teachers in the NUT union at Pimlico School, Westminster, have announced three more days of strike action in their ongoing campaign over their lunch break. The strike dates are 3 July, 9 July and 15 July.

New sponsors for academies: schools go nuclear

24 June 2008
Jacobs Engineering Group (JEG) is a "strategic partner" at Atomic Weapons Establishment – which manufactures atomic warheads for the ministry of defence. Sellafield is a nuclear site in Cumbria.

Bolton’s growing revolt against academies

24 June 2008
Members of the NUT teachers’ union shut down the Withins School in Bolton on Wednesday of last week by striking over plans to transfer the school out of local authority control and turn it into an academy.

Teachers strike at Pimlico School

18 June 2008
Today 66 members of the NUT union at Pimlico School began a two-day strike. On an 80 percent turnout, 72 percent had voted to strike.

Management climbdown after UCU threaten Keele with greylisting

17 June 2008
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union at Keele university have won a victory in their fight against threatened redundancies in the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS).

EIS faces staff strike over pay

17 June 2008
Members of the Unite union at the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) have voted by 100 percent for strikes over their salary settlement, which should have been paid from 1 April.

It is government policy that is failing schools

10 June 2008
Schools secretary Ed Balls has threatened that hundreds more schools could be turned into academies or private trust schools. He has identified 638 "failing schools" – one in five secondary schools in England – which could be targeted for academy status.

London lecturers strike as unions lobby for fair pay

10 June 2008
Some 7,000 further education lecturers in the UCU union in London took strike action on Monday of this week as part of their battle against a below-inflation pay offer.

Resistance to academies in Bolton

10 June 2008
Resistance to the government’s academy programmes for schools is growing in Bolton as NUT teachers’ union members at Withins School announced their intention to strike again on Wednesday of next week.

EIS conference

10 June 2008
Delegates to the EIS Scottish teachers’ union conference in Dundee last week voted unanimously to hold a ballot on industrial action to protest against cutbacks in education. Teachers have not struck in Scotland for 20 years.

College workers’ national day of protests at below inflation pay offer

05 June 2008
College workers held a national day of protests on Wednesday of this week to demand fair pay. Workers in six trade unions – the UCU, Unison, GMB, Unite, ATL and ACM – have rejected an initial below-inflation offer of 2.5 percent.

UCU conference: rising spirit against market in education

03 June 2008
The UCU lecturers’ union conference in Manchester last week was dominated by discussion of how Labour’s neoliberal policies are harming education. It was marked by a growing confidence that lecturers can fight back.

Plans to turn pupils into cheap labour

27 May 2008
New Labour has found a new way to bring privatisation into education with its plans to scrap pupil referral units and leave young people at the mercy of private companies.

Labour's crackdown on "bad" teachers ignores real issues

27 May 2008
Teachers were under attack once again this week. Jim Knight, the schools minister, said that every school has at least one bad teacher who should be "helped" to "move on" to a different job.

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