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Education / Academies


1 October 2014

Academies can be stopped

Hove Park will not become Gove Park after a tremendous campaign to prevent it from becoming an academy

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24 September 2014

Academies lead to nepotism and profit making

The Socialist (issue 782) previously reported on a campaign to stop Rushey Mead in Leicester becoming an academy

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21 July 2014

Hands off Hove Park school!

On 16 July NUT members at Hove Park school took solid and well supported strike action against plans to change to academy status

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11 June 2014

'Trojan Horse': who is attacking education?

Birmingham schools: For the last two months, news headlines have been dominated by the so-called 'Trojan Horse' story

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14 May 2014

Gove robs education budget to fund 'Free Schools'

Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove is an easy target for comedians, for example, David Schneider's tweet: "Free Schools to be renamed 400m-From-Budget-For-Other-Kids-Schools"

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12 February 2014

Teachers call national strike

The next NUT national strike will be on Wednesday 26 March. Every NUT rep needs to build for a mass show of strength to oppose Gove's attacks

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15 January 2014

Them & Us

City bonuses: Finance chiefs in the Square Mile will scoop 10 billion out of a total bonus pay-out of 19 billion

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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

16 October 2013

Why are our schools in crisis?

Headlines about the recent education report from the OECD blared that a quarter of adults in England have maths skills no better than those of a ten year old

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2 October 2013

The fight against academies in Leicester

Rushey Mead School is a large secondary school in Leicester. It has been an 'outstanding' school for years and has strong links to the local community, writes Simon Robinson, Leicester NUT, personal capacity.

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14 August 2013

Them & Us

Families in poverty: New research commissioned by the TUC shows:

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10 July 2013

Stop Gove's school profits plans

The Independent has reported on leaked plans that only confirm what we already knew - that Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove wants to allow big business to make a profit out of running schools

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5 December 2012

Victory for teachers' strike

After revelations that the academies programme has run up a 1 billion overspend, which other schools are now being asked to pay for, anger against the government's flagship education policy is growing...

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 Haringey protest against academy school, photo by Paul Mattsson

Haringey protest against academy school, photo by Paul Mattsson

28 November 2012

Gove's 'overspend' - on academies!

Are you a teacher whose school is short of cash? Have you been warned of 'hard times ahead' and possible redundancies?

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21 November 2012

Waltham Forest: spread the strikes to stop the rot

In Waltham Forest, east London, one secondary school, Connaught School for Girls, is putting up one hell of a fight against academisation

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24 October 2012

Axe the Con-Dems' ban on building new LEA schools

Two new primary schools planned for Coventry have been shelved because, under the Con-Dems' 2011 education act, all new schools have to be 'academies' or 'free schools' (unless no sponsors take up the offer), writes Jane Nellist, Coventry NUT member.

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16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

16 February 2011 teachers at Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London, went on strike to show their opposition to the school becoming an academy.

17 October 2012

Academies: march to defend education on 20 October

It's rumoured that education minister Michael Gove has 'war charts' on the walls of his office plotting the onward march of academy schools, writes Martin Powell-Davies

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10 October 2012

Waltham Forest: Parents and staff unite against school sell-off

Waltham Forest, in north east London, could have 16 'academy' schools, by the end of the year. Academies take away money from the remaining local authority schools, are outside local authority accountability,...

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NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

NUT protest outside the Department of Education by teachers and parents opposed to the GCSE regrading in August 2012, photo Neil Cafferky

29 August 2012

Gove stole our exam grades!

GCSE changes to prepare for more academies: Newspaper headlines about GCSE results are predictable. If the results show improvement it is "proof" that standards are slipping. It is nothing of the sort. This year's results give the lie to that...

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30 July 2012

Gove sneaking unqualified teachers into academies

The government has sneaked in a proposal to allow academies to use unqualified staff to teach children. This is overwhelmingly opposed by parents and teachers but people had their eyes on the Olympic opening ceremony while this measure was introduced

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18 July 2012

Teachers fight school privatisation

Over 100 new 'free schools', to open in September, were announced on 13 July, which will more than double the total number of free schools in England...

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