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Education / Free Schools


6 September 2017

Schools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

Schools return this week for a new academic year with the usual mix of emotions but with the prospect of budget cuts lingering in the background

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12 April 2017

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to fund free school meals for all primary school children by adding VAT tax on private education fees.

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26 October 2016

Academies mired in debt and corruption

Fight for publicly run schooling: The new Tory government under Theresa May will continue converting state schools to 'academy' status and setting up new 'free schools'.

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31 August 2016

Join the student fightback to end education cuts and austerity

As the new academic term begins, students at schools, college and universities around the country face a year of important struggles. Here two young people comment on some of the difficulties facing working class students.

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10 August 2016

No to new grammars

Theresa May has announced she wants to lift the ban on selective secondary schools, a measure she states will increase social mobility. This claim could not be further from the truth.

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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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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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photo Paul Mattsson

1 April 2015

Save our schools

Education will be a vital question on people's minds in the general election and local elections on 7 May. But most voters will have very different priorities from the Tory-Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Lewisham school workers striking against academisation, March 2015

11 March 2015

Save our schools!

No such thing as a 'free' school: Cameron's election campaign promises that the Tories will open hundreds of new 'free schools' in England. But when did the Tories ever give away anything free, except to their friends in big business?

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4 February 2015

Them & Us

Uncaring: Labour and Tory/Lib Dem governments have slashed spending on elderly care by 20% over the last decade

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'Save Sedgefield' demo, 12 December 2014

'Save Sedgefield' demo, 12 December 2014

7 January 2015

The battle for Sedgehill school

No to Academies!: Parents, teachers and school students in Lewisham are angry. Labour-run Lewisham council in south London plans to dismiss the governors and headteacher at Sedgehill school and impose an 'interim executive

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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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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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29 May 2013

This is what's 'not to like' about Free Schools, Boris

Tory London mayor Boris Johnson, writing in the London Evening Standard, attempted to portray opposition to 'Free Schools' as some kind of 'left-wing conspiracy', writes Martin Powell-Davies, National Union of Teachers executive (personal capacity).

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