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Education / Academies


27 April 2016

Doctors and teachers lead buoyant London march

"It's fantastic!" shouted a junior doctor as she marched past Big Ben. As the first day of the 26-27 April junior doctor strike action drew to a close, thousands marched in a London joint demonstration called by the North and South Thames region of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the London region of the teachers' union NUT.

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13 April 2016

No A-level courses in Knowsley thanks to 'academies' system

Within a few weeks there will be no A-level provision in the borough of Knowsley, Merseyside. This is a chilling portent of what will happen to education in working class areas if the Tories and Blairites are allowed to get away with turning council-run schools into 'academies' run by unaccountable private profiteers.

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6 April 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Action against academies; bin workers strike; hospital caterers fight sell-off.

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30 March 2016

Letter: Inadequate academies

Letters to the Socialist's editors.

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30 March 2016

Academy chain axed in head's pay scandal

The poster boy for the 'academy' system has fallen from grace, in a scandal which exposes the dangers of Tory backdoor privatisation plans, writes Ted Woodley, Birmingham Central Socialist Party.

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30 March 2016

Teachers and school students march against forced academies

Thousands of teachers marched through London on 23 March against Tory plans to force all schools to become academies. Thousands more marched in other cities across the country, writes Paul Callanan Socialist Party London.

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30 March 2016

NUT to ballot for action over academies

NUT conference voted to ballot for strike action against the government's academy plans

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24 March 2016

'No forced academies' demonstrations

On Wednesday 23rd March, Socialist Students and Socialist Party members joined the thousands who marched

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23 March 2016

Stop academies onslaught

Unions must organise to defend education: A seething anger permeated throughout school staffrooms when the government announced that all schools in England must become academies

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23 March 2016

Uniting to defeat John Roan academy plans

The government has declared that it will begin forcing all schools to become academies. This is a huge attack which requires a huge response from the trade unions, teachers, parents and students.

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23 March 2016

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities

I felt I had little support from the academy I attended, including an inconsistent level of care which did not meet any of my required needs.

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16 March 2016

Academies announcement: Unions must organise to defend education

The government's announcement that all schools in England must become academies is a declaration of war on comprehensive education and national pay and conditions for teachers and support staff

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10 February 2016

Big victory at Small Heath School against academy attack

The third week of strike action in the Small Heath School dispute in Birmingham due to run from 2 to 4 February was called off after the sponsors of the proposed academy withdrew their interest on 29 January.

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27 January 2016

Teaching: a perfect storm is brewing

A lack of school places, teacher shortage and cuts are compounding existing issues related to workload.

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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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9 December 2015

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Academies strike, call centre strike ballot, firefighters' cuts protest.

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30 September 2015

Free school meals cut as poor children go hungry

Tories plan to starve working class kids by cutting universal free school meals for children under seven.

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8 July 2015

NSSN conference 2015: "We could stop austerity in its tracks"

Militant trade unionists from across the country gave inspiring accounts of strikes and struggles against austerity. Britain needs a 24-hour general strike.

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Sedgehill school students protest against academies in Lewisham, photo Lewisham SP

10 June 2015

Strikes and bold campaigning can beat academy plans

Martin Powell-Davies, secretary of Lewisham National Union of Teachers (NUT) branch and national executive member, explains how Lewisham's teachers, students and parents beat plans to make local schools into academies

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