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Unicef report: suffer the children

24 February 2007
New Labour’s campaign for the hearts and minds of young people in Britain was dealt a heavy blow last week with the publication of a United Nations report on child poverty.

Fight for votes in UCU election

17 February 2007
Lecturers across Britain have received the ballot papers for the UCU general secretary and national executive positions this week. The ballot runs until 7 March, and lecturers need to keep campaigning throughout the election period.

Education round-up

17 February 2007
Dundee Over 200 Dundee University students, lecturers and workers protested on Thursday of last week against a plan to slash over 100 jobs as part of management’s "sustainability review".

UCU Left candidates in fight for education

10 February 2007
As ballot papers went out this week for the University and College Union (UCU) national executive positions, candidates supported by UCU Left – including general secretary candidate Roger Kline – were campaigning against creeping privatisation of education.

Roger Kline's UCU leadership campaign is gathering steam

27 January 2007
The campaign by Roger Kline, the left wing candidate for general secretary of the newly merged University and College Union (UCU), is well under way.

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.

UCU lecturers step up campaign for Roger Kline

20 January 2007
The ballot papers for the election of the general secretary and national executive members of the new UCU lecturers’ union are due to be sent out in two weeks.

Campaigns to save our schools in Devon and Lewisham

20 January 2007
Teachers in Devon have launched a campaign against the setting up of six trust schools in the county.

Defend Esol teaching against the government’s hypocrisy

20 January 2007
Over 200 people came to a meeting on Monday to campaign against the government’s attacks on one of the last and most important rights possessed by asylum seekers – the right to free English classes (Esol) and further education courses.

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.

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