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Challenging the education regime

10 July 2007
There have been many calls recently for an end to the testing regime for pupils in our schools up to the age of 16. Because of this an opportunity has opened up for teacher activists to liberate spaces in the curriculum.

London meeting to defend overseas teachers

03 July 2007
Over 170 teachers attended a meeting at NUT teachers’ union headquarters on Tuesday of last week to address the situation facing hundreds of overseas teachers in London.

Downing Street protest over Esol cuts

03 July 2007
Up to 200 lecturers, students and campaigners took part in a protest outside Downing Street on Friday of last week.

Teachers support kitchen staff striking at Haggerston school

03 July 2007
Unofficial solidarity action by teachers in support of low paid kitchen staff severely disrupted Haggerston School in Hackney, east London, on Wednesday of last week.

London Met staff prepare their fight

03 July 2007
A crucial battle is coming at London Metropolitan University (London Met) over jobs and union rights.

Stop further education pay insult

03 July 2007
The Further Education Committee (FEC) of the UCU lecturers’ union has a policy to reject any below inflation pay offer.

Anger at Harlow College as sacked lecturers forced to leave

03 July 2007
On Friday of last week over 100 lecturers and supporters took part in a march from Harlow college against redundancies and the imposition of new contracts.

NUT meeting opposes loss of overseas teachers

28 June 2007
Over 170 teachers attended a meeting at NUT teachers union headquarters on Tuesday of this week to address the situation facing hundreds of overseas teachers in London.

UCU Left conference

26 June 2007
Over 120 lecturers came together for the UCU Left conference in London last weekend.

'All out war' at Harlow college

26 June 2007
A lecturer from Harlow College spoke to the UCU Left conference about the campaign at the college against the imposition of new working conditions and contracts.

Are white boys the new educational underclass?

26 June 2007
Growing up in poverty seriously damages your education. This is well known, of course, but new research funded by the Joseph Rowntree Trust provides important new findings and shows how New Labour policies are partly to blame.

School kitchen staff in Hackney to strike over pay

20 June 2007
Kitchen staff at Haggerston School in Hackney, north London, are set to strike on Wednesday of next week over pay.

Solid strike at Harlow college

12 June 2007
Lecturers at Harlow college took three days of strike action on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week in their ongoing fight against the imposition of a new, unnegotiated college plan.

Sheffield campaign blocks school closures

12 June 2007
Campaigners in Sheffield are celebrating after forcing the council to reverse its plan to close two schools.

UCU joins pay revolt

05 June 2007
The congress of the UCU lecturers’ union heard a storming speech from PCS civil service workers’ union general secretary Mark Serwotka. He outlined a strategy for a united fight across the public sector to break Gordon Brown’s pay freeze.

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.

UCU conference: minister must try harder say lecturers

05 June 2007
The inaugural congress of the University and College Union (UCU) last week brought together two very distinct unions – the AUT and Natfhe, into a new lecturers’ union.

Anti academies alliance challenges Gordon Brown's priorities

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

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.

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