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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 Both police and locals say this description is now out of date.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' 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.

UCU LGBT conference

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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