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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.

Ealing NUT Unity Conference

19 October 2002
AROUND 60 people attended the Unity Conference called by Ealing National Union of Teachers (NUT) last Saturday and heard an inspiring set of speakers. The conference was introduced by Christine Blower, secretary of Hammersmith and Fulham NUT, and ex-president of the NUT.

Privatisation's original sin

16 March 2002
Revelations about Gateshead's Emmanuel College shows where school privatisation leads. The college has been teaching fundamentalist Christian creationism and undermining the scientific teaching of biology. It hosted a conference on creationism last week, and senior staff have given lectures urging teachers to promote creationism instead of evolution.

Support the fight for a living wage

16 March 2002
Over 40,000 London teachers in the NUT union were set to strike for one day on Thursday of this week. This is the first strike by London teachers since 1972. More than 1,000 teachers have joined the NUT over the last few days in order to take part in the strike. They are joining the 41,000 NUT members who have already voted to strike by nine to one.

Mike Rosen on Tests, tales and failure

09 March 2002
Imagine some New Labour minister, press puppet or government geek steps up at a press conference and makes a statement: "Our job in education has always been seen as raising standards. This remains absolutely and unequivocally our policy. To bring this about, many ways have been tried-hiring extra staff, putting money into schools in areas where there is poverty, and supporting children with special needs, whether those are due to deprivation, disability or speaking another language. Sometimes what's been tried is ending the way children are selected for this or that school, or this or that stream. The idea here was that we would treat school students as people who would discover their

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