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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.

Oldham teachers strike over suspended NUT rep

24 July 2007
Some 27 teachers in the NUT union at South Chadderton School in Oldham went on strike last Thursday over changes to pay and the suspension of their union rep.

Don’t delay on teachers’ pay

10 July 2007
The NUT teachers’ union national executive will be meeting on Wednesday of next week to discuss the timetable for action over pay.

Fight continues over Harlow College redundancies

10 July 2007
Almost 100 lecturers at Harlow college in Essex have been made redundant, or refused to re-apply for their jobs on contracts that would mean less pay and longer working hours.

FE lecturers’ reject pay offer

10 July 2007
Employers have offered Further Education (FE) lecturers 2 percent in August with a further 1 percent in February – an offer negotiators could not accept as they had been mandated not to accept any below inflation offer.

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 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.

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.

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.

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