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Lecturers vote to stick to planned ballot over pay

20 November 2007
Members of the national executive of the University and College Lecturers Union (UCU) in further education met last week to discuss action over pay.

Raising the school leaving age: education for all?

20 November 2007
On the surface of it, giving all young people not only the right but the obligation to stay on in education or training until 18 could be seen as the liberal educationalist’s dream.

2 percent pay cap for teachers

20 November 2007
Teachers in England and Wales look set to have their pay held down to a 2 percent "rise" each year for the next three years.

Stopped and searched on the way to classes

13 November 2007
Clapton in east London is what the home office likes to call a "crime hotspot", brimming with what police jargon calls "targeted individuals" or "prominent nominals". An ethnically mixed area of the capital, it picked up a bad reputation with the media, who called the neighbourhood the "murder mile". Both police and locals say this description is now out of date.

Lecturers step up the momentum in the fight over pay

13 November 2007
Members of the UCU lecturers’ union in further education (FE) colleges around the country are still waiting for a promised ballot on industrial action over their current below inflation pay offer.

Lecturers' union to hold special higher education pay conference

06 November 2007
The UCU lecturers’ union will hold a special higher education pay conference on 9 November. The key issue up for discussion at the meeting is the threat by our employers to withdraw from national bargaining.

Vote for Roger King and Gill Goodswen in NUT elections

06 November 2007
Ballot papers have now been sent out for the NUT teacher’s union national elections.

College workers' union discusses organising casualised workers

30 October 2007
The first UCU college workers’ union national meeting for fixed term and hourly paid workers took place in London on Friday of last week.

UCU LGBT conference

30 October 2007
The UCU union has organised a series of equality conferences in recent weeks.

'Teachers should vote yes in ballot for action over pay'

30 October 2007
As teachers return from half term, the School Teachers Pay Review Body (STRB) will be preparing to publish its recommendations, following consultation with ministers.

Vote left in crucial NUT election

23 October 2007
The election for the national officers of National Union of Teachers (NUT) national officers opens on Wednesday of next week.

Tribunal awards back pay to Northern Ireland lecturers

23 October 2007
Twenty two college lecturers in Northern Ireland are receiving back pay after an industrial tribunal found that they had been underpaid for five years.

Education spending will be 'experienced as a cut'

16 October 2007
Education spending in England will rise on average by 2.8 percent a year in real terms between 2007-08 and 2010-11.

Teachers threaten action over below inflation pay offer

16 October 2007
Steve Sinnott, the general secretary of the NUT teachers’ union, last week told local divisional secretaries that if a pay offer of 2 percent was not improved union members of the NUT would be balloted for action early in the new year.

Ballot for action in further education

16 October 2007
Members of the UCU college union in further education are preparing for an industrial action ballot over pay. Any action would be in opposition to the 2.55 percent pay offer we have rejected for this year.

A ‘sinister’ measure to criminalise our students

18 September 2007
Staff at my school returned from the holiday expecting our head teacher to lead a training session on behaviour management. Instead she was attending a summit on gang culture at 10 Downing Street.

Schools policies fail young people

18 September 2007
Children have returned to school after a summer which has seen an increased demonisation of young people.

Edinburgh schools campaign forces SNP retreat

04 September 2007
A vigorous campaign by parents and pupils has put a stop to Edinburgh city council's proposal to close one in six schools.

Edinburgh school closures will hit the quality of education

28 August 2007
In their first week back after the summer holidays, 22 Edinburgh schools were faced with the threat of closure. This amounts to one in six schools, and the greatest impact is on some of the poorest parts of the city.

Academies’ high exclusion rate

14 August 2007
Labour’s city academy schools are excluding almost three times more pupils than neighbouring schools.

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