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Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

Members of the teachers' union NUT on the 26 March TUC demonstration, photo Suzanne Beishon

18 May 2011

Tory cuts hit children and young people

A leading think tank has estimated that the Con-Dem coalition's spending cuts could push another 300,000 children below the poverty line, writes Sunara Begum.

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13 April 2011

Striking against a Coventry academy

Strike action at Tile Hill Woods school (THW) in Coventry has been stepped up against plans to turn the school into an academy, writes Sunara Begum.

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7 April 2011

Coventry school strike against becoming an academy

Industrial action at Tile Hill Woods school in Coventry has been stepped up against plans to turn the school into an academy...

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23 February 2011

Balham: NUT strike against academies

On 16 February teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT branch secretary and NUT executive.

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Huddersfield Youth Fight for Jobs march, photo Huddersfield YFFJ

Huddersfield Youth Fight for Jobs march, photo Huddersfield YFFJ

18 February 2011

Victory for Huddersfield anti-academy campaign

On Tuesday 15 February Kirklees council's cabinet was forced to abandon their preferred ambition to establish an academy at Fartown High School in Huddersfield by a highly successful campaign by local parents. An edited version of this article appeared in The Socialist newspaper.

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Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

Do not close our schools: Medway schools protest, photo Jacqui Berry

26 January 2011

Tidemill school - victory for parents

ONE OF the flagship academies planned was Tidemill Primary School in Deptford in south London. Head master Mark Elms, who achieved widespread media attention when he became Britain's highest-paid 'superhead',...

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26 January 2011

Bankers' "Free school" excludes poorer pupils

A PROPOSED 'free school'/academy in Wandsworth, south London, run by 25 bankers working for top City firms, has displayed blatant class discrimination by excluding children from poorer neighbourhoods...

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15 December 2010

The Royal Wedding? No, a Royal strike!

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (Lancashire) was totally closed on 15 December by a solid strike of NUT and NAS/UWT members in protest at the head's plans for an academy, probably the first ever strike against Gove's new 'expressway' academies, writes Lancashire Socialist Party.

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8 December 2010

Education White Paper a 'poisonous amalgam of twisted logic and dangerous threats'

The Con-Dem government is not only attacking higher education. They recently brought out a new Education White Paper, 'The Importance of Teaching'...

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14 October 2010

No to academy schools!

LEILA GALLOWAY, a parent of two children at Tidemill primary school in Deptford, south London, is leading a campaign to stop Tidemill becoming an academy school, free from local authority control, writes Leila spoke to The Socialist:.

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9 September 2010

Academies will lead to a two-tier education system

THE GOVERNMENT'S plans to encourage 'outstanding' schools to take a fast-track to 'academy' status are a threat to the future of comprehensive local authority schooling, writes Martin Powell-Davies,.

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9 September 2010

Academies will lead to a two-tier education system

THE GOVERNMENT'S plans to encourage 'outstanding' schools to take a fast-track to 'academy' status are a threat to the future of comprehensive local authority schooling, writes Martin Powell-Davies,.

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4 August 2010

Oppose divisive academies policy

BLUNDERING EDUCATION minister, Michael Gove, is finding that the realities of life do not match his free market fantasies, writes Robin Pye.

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21 July 2010

Education workers must teach Tories a lesson

TRADE UNIONS organising education workers, including NUT, NASUWT and UNISON, lobbied parliament on 19 July against the disgraceful cancelling of building and repair work to be carried out under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and the undemocratic fast-tracking of the Con-Dems', writes Greg Maughan.

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7 July 2010

Organise against academies now!

Defend state education: For their promoters, one of the selling points of the divisive and part-privatised academy schools programme is 'raised educational standards' writes Rob Spurr and Dave Carr.

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Cardiff parents beat education cuts in 2006

Cardiff parents beat education cuts in 2006

30 June 2010

Academies: Fight the Tories' offensive on state education

GOVERNMENT EDUCATION minister Michael Gove is determined to push through the Tory agenda of putting 'rocket-boosters' under the academies programme, writes Martin Powell-Davies, NUT national executive.

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Education: Protest against handing over publicly owned school land and buildings to private trusts and academies in East London, photo Alison Hill

Protest against academies in East London, photo Alison Hill

16 June 2010

Comprehensive education under attack

Tory Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is rushing an Academies Bill through parliament. Around 600 secondary and 2,000 primary schools found 'outstanding' by Ofsted are being invited to fast track to academy status. Gove hopes that eventually all schools will become academies. This spells disaster for comprehensive education.

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16 June 2010

Opposing 'Dickensian' academy schools in Waltham Forest

Almost 40 people attended the Waltham Forest Socialist Party public meeting to discuss stopping schools in the London borough from becoming academies run by unelected and unaccountable businesses and consortiums

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9 June 2010

Fast news

General strike: A GENERAL strike involving 2.5 million public sector workers hit Spain on 8 June. The trade unions involved in the mass walkout are opposed to the Zapatero government imposing a 5% cut in salaries, starting...

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