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Selection: education for the few, not the many

17 February 2001
"Death Of The Comprehensive." So the Daily Mail greeted Blair's plans for education this week. Scrapping the hated 11-plus and introducing comprehensive schools in the 1960s and 1970s led to the biggest ever increase in educational achievement. The system was so successful that even Tory education secretary Margaret Thatcher went along with it.

The tests treadmill

10 February 2001
Have you noticed how David Blunkett is becoming rattier and rattier with every interview he faces?

Teachers: 'Strike, Strike, Strike!'

10 February 2001
There hasn't been a meeting of teachers like the one which took place in London last week for at least 15 years.

Universities & Schools

10 February 2001
Students at Glasgow University staged a "die-in" outside the Student Representative Council offices last week.

Battle in the classrooms

27 January 2001
The Times Educational Supplement advertised over 4,000 vacancies for teachers' posts last week. It's not only in London that the teacher shortage crisis is biting hard. In Hertfordshire young teachers find the cost of living intolerably high. In areas like this over 65 percent of teachers are aged over 40.

Scottish teachers

20 January 2001
Scottish Teachers are being asked by their union leaders to vote for longer working hours and the right of management to control every minute of their lives. This is what the pay and conditions deal we are being balloted over really means.

Scottish teachers' pay offer is a con

13 January 2001
The Scottish press slammed teachers as "greedy" last weekend for not jumping for joy at a proposed pay deal. Papers claimed negotiations between the Scottish Executive, teachers' union and local government representatives had come up with a once in a lifetime offer, worth a 21.5 percent pay increase over the next three years.

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