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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.

Blair's top-up fees will hit working families

13 December 2003
TONY BLAIR claims that top-up fees will make the education system fairer and less elitist. He tries to appeal to ordinary people, asking why low paid hospital workers who did not go to university should pay for "middle class" students to study.

New pamphlet from Sats campaign

25 October 2003
The Anti-Sats Alliance has produced a pamphlet to help build the campaign against damaging national tests for children at seven, 12 and 14. The alliance's steering committee met last week and heard encouraging reports from many areas about the depth of feeling against the Sats tests. The largest teachers union, the NUT, is nearing the end of a survey of its members on whether to boycott Sats.

The education system grades young people like eggs

23 August 2003
THOUSANDS OF school students have been agonising over their A level and GCSE results in the last two weeks. Last week's A level results were the best ever, with the number of young people getting grades A to E up 1.1 percent to 95.4 percent of all those who take the exams. This week's GCSE results were expected to show a similar trend.

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