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Anti academies alliance challenges Gordon Brown's priorities

05 June 2007
Academy schools are fast becoming the education touchstone for Gordon Brown.

Debates and rule changes at UCU conference

05 June 2007
It was a good conference for the new union and the left within it. The potential of a union representing 120,000 educationalists organised at the heart of what is fashionably known as "the knowledge economy" could clearly be seen.

Motion in support of Palestine passed at UCU conference

05 June 2007
On the first day of the UCU congress, delegates voted by 158 to 99 in favour of a motion that instructed the union to facilitate discussion on Palestine and open the possibility of a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

Paul Mackney's address to UCU conference

01 June 2007
I’m sure UCU will be bold in recognition that you don’t necessarily get what you deserve, you get what you fight for.

Lecturers' union conference backs Palestinian rights

31 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ conference passed a series of motions on Wednesday supporting Palestinian rights, calling for discussions about solidarity, and supporting debate around a possible boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Education round-up

29 May 2007
Special schools protest in Lewisham Some 300 protesters marched on Lewisham town hall in south London to lobby the full council meeting against the closure of special schools on Wednesday of last week.

Teachers ready for pay battle

22 May 2007
Teachers are also moving towards action over pay. Kevin Courtney is a member of the NUT teachers’ union national executive. He told Socialist Worker, "Teachers are in the second year of a two year pay deal. We received a 2.5 percent pay increase in September 2006 and are due to get 2.5 percent this September.

Outrage at Waltham Forest school dinner plans

22 May 2007
Campaigners in Waltham Forest in east London are fighting to defend school meals. The council has decided to get rid of Waltham Forest Catering as a way of cutting costs.

Roger King stands as NUT vice president for Socialist Teachers Alliance

22 May 2007
The Socialist Teachers Alliance (STA) is backing Roger King as candidate for the upcoming elections for vice president of the NUT teachers’ union. Roger is a leading activist in the NUT.

Harlow lecturers defy their bullying bosses

22 May 2007
Around 70 campaigners lobbied Bill Rammell, the local Harlow MP and minister for lifelong learning, last Saturday over attacks on lecturers at Harlow College.

Six colleges ballot for action against Esol cuts

22 May 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union is balloting its members at six further education colleges in London that are facing cuts to English for students of other languages (Esol) and adult education.

College strikes

15 May 2007
Harlow college Lecturers at Harlow college in Essex have voted for strikes over management’s decision to make staff reapply for their jobs – with longer hours and for less pay.

MPs to host Committee of Enquiry into Academies

15 May 2007
There has been a series of horror stories about academy schools recently, such as Thomas Deacon academy in Peterborough – built deliberately without a playground – or Marlowe Academy in Kent which took history, geography and languages off the curriculum.

Government policies force Bradford College to slash adult learning

11 May 2007
Bradford College management and the University and College Union (UCU), today jointly condemned government policies which are jeopardising 124 adult education courses.

Harlow College lecturers will take strike action to defend jobs

11 May 2007
Teaching staff at Harlow College – members of the UCU union – have voted for strike action as part of a campaign to defend their contracts and jobs.

Extra £15 million for Esol gives time to build the fightback

08 May 2007
London mayor Ken Livingstone has found an additional £15 million for Esol (English for Speakers of Other Languages) provision in London.

Harlow college: 'Everyone must now reapply for their jobs'

01 May 2007
The 205 lecturers at Harlow College in Essex are holding a strike ballot after management announced redundancies and changes to terms and conditions.

Anti-academies action

01 May 2007
Wakefield public meeting Nearly 50 people attended the first public meeting against a number of schools in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, leaving local authority control and becoming trusts.

Teachers’ pay review triggered

24 April 2007
The body that reviews teachers’ pay has been forced to take steps towards reopening negotiations over the current pay settlement.

Protests grow in fight for Esol English language classes

24 April 2007
Over 100 people attended the Tower Hamlets College Save Esol (English for speakers of other languages) rally, organised by the UCU lecturers’ union on Wednesday of last week.

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