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Anti academies protesters occupy Ark

05 August 2008
Anti-academies protesters occupied the London headquarters of Actual Return for Kids (Ark) on Thursday of last week, to protest against a proposed academy in Wembley, west London.

Croydon teachers may ballot over academies

29 July 2008
The NUT union in Croydon, south London, may ballot for industrial action over plans to reorganise secondary education and introduce academies.

Bolton anti-academy activists chalk up a success

22 July 2008
A desperate attempt to turn the Hayward school in Bolton into an academy by September came unstuck last week.

Litany of failures at private firm sparks Sats chaos

22 July 2008
Almost a third of 14 years olds taking their Sats tests in English at school will have their results delayed this year thanks to bungling by the private company ETS Europe, which was hired to process their exam papers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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