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Resisting the government’s drive to close schools

20 January 2007
The government’s obsession with involving the private sector in the running of schools is set to plummet to new depths.

Minister Ruth Kelly snubs state schools the voters use

13 January 2007
Tower Hamlets in east London, the borough where Ruth Kelly lives, has 20 primary schools – six of them specialising in helping children with dyslexia.

UCU members get organised for Roger Kline’s election campaign

13 January 2007
In less than four weeks the ballots are due to be sent out to elect the first general secretary and national executive committee of the recently merged University and College Union (UCU).

Anti academies protests

13 January 2007
Teachers, parents and pupils are set to lobby Islington town hall in north London on Thursday of next week, 18 January, at 5.30pm.

More than 500 on Sheffield march against school closures

06 January 2007
Over 500 students, parents, staff and governors marched to Sheffield Town Hall on Wednesday of this week.

Protests against university privatisations

06 January 2007
Newcastle University Newcastle University has announced plans to privatise its language centre – despite strong protests from students and the lecturers’ University and College Union (UCU).

Protests mount against school privatisation plans

06 January 2007
The new year will see a series of protests by teachers and parents against the implementation of the government plans to ram through privatisation in schools.

Schools report shows young people’s lives are blighted by racism

16 December 2006
Britain’s schools are institutionally racist against black pupils – that is the clear conclusion of a recent report from the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).

Blyth Community College: campaigning against academies

16 December 2006
Around 30 people attended a public meeting on Friday of last week to fight plans to build a controversial academy school in Northumberland. It urged the government to allow a referendum on the issue.

Lambeth conference defends education

25 November 2006
Over 100 people attended a Further Education conference in Lambeth on Saturday of last week, with lecturers, students and community campaigners coming together.

Lib Dem council says Islington Green School will close

18 November 2006
Islington’s Liberal Democrat controlled council, against national party policy, has ignored the wishes of the governors of Islington Green School (IGS) and issued a closure notice on the school in order to reopen it in 2008 as an academy.

Counthill School in Oldham on strike

11 November 2006
Members of the NUT teachers’ union at Counthill School in Oldham struck on Tuesday and Thursday of last week as part of our ongoing dispute over pay cuts imposed by the government restructuring of teachers’ roles.

Partial closure threatened for Redhill College

11 November 2006
Redhill college in Surrey, which caters for blind, partially sighted students, and students with learning difficulties faces department closures from next July and management say there is nothing that can be done about it. 

Islington Green School staff vote against academy

11 November 2006
Staff at Islington Green School in north London recently voted in a secret ballot by 89 to three against their school becoming a semi-privatised academy.

Hurlingham and Chelsea School demonstration

11 November 2006
Five hundred students, staff and parents marched through local streets near Hurlingham and Chelsea School to protest against plans by Tory Hammersmith and Fulham council to shut the school.

Killing off the comprehensive

14 January 2006
What a spectacle. At his first prime minister’s question time as leader of the opposition, David Cameron demanded that Tony Blair push forward with the implementation of the education white paper, despite a backbench revolt.

Ted Wragg 1938-2005: a comprehensive champion

19 November 2005
Everyone associated with education will have felt an enormous sense of loss last week on hearing of the untimely death of Ted Wragg, aged 67.

AUT ballot for strike

24 January 2004
University teachers and support staff in the AUT union are balloting for strike action against a background of a national debate on fees and the future of higher education.

Nurseries round-up

24 January 2004
Scottish nursery nurses ballot on all-out strike More than 4,000 of Scotland's nursery nurses still in dispute with local councils are to ballot on an all-out indefinite strike.

Student fees: six of the worst

13 December 2003
"Posh vice-chancellor types". That was how the Guardian this week described the people behind Blair pushing for top-up fees for university students.

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