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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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27 May 2015

Waltham Forest teachers demand decent pay

Last week around 60 Waltham Forest teachers packed into a local NUT meeting in support of a campaign to win a pay upgrade to the level of the inner London pay scale

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20 May 2015

Management thrashed in academies debate

Students, staff and parents gave management a sound drubbing in a south London debate over whether three schools should be converted into academies, writes Beth Sutcliffe, Lewisham Socialist Party.

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photo Martin Reynolds

8 April 2015

Teachers want action on cuts and workload

NUT conference voted to ballot for action if austerity plans go on

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photo Karl Lang

1 April 2015

Teachers need national action

NUT conference delegates are discussing how to fight attacks on pensions, pay and 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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25 March 2015

Lewisham: Marching against academies

Amid loud chants of "No ifs! No buts! Academy status sucks!" and "Parents, teachers, students say: Academies in Lewisham? No way!" around 300 protesters demonstrated through Lewisham in South London

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18 March 2015

School students inspired by struggle

Helen Pattison interviews Luke, a sixth former fighting privately run 'academies' in Lewisham, south London, and reports from an angry school hustings in Enfield, north London

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18 March 2015

Midlands NSSN: Building the rank and file fightback

"It ain't getting any easier for the working class," said Kev Greenway in closing the 2015 National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) Midlands conference, writes Dave Gorton, Unite LE/372 branch (personal capacity).

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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 March 2015

More unions join Lewisham anti-academies strike

On 5 March, members of Lewisham National Union of Teachers in four schools will be on strike again, this time with the welcome addition of NASUWT and GMB union members in the schools

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18 February 2015

Lewisham: striking against 'academisation'

NUT union members from Sedgehill and the three Prendergast Federation schools, in Lewisham, south London, came out on strike on 12 February against the threat of forced 'academisation'

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11 February 2015

Lewisham: support anti-academy dispute

On 12 February National Union of Teachers members are due to strike at four Lewisham schools in south London to stop them becoming academies

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2 February 2015

Tristram Hunt insults teachers and parents

Tristram Hunt confirmed Labour's contempt for teachers with his tweets to a concerned South London parent, writes Socialist Party press release 2.2.15.

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14 January 2015

Sedgehill School besieged by privateers

In Lewisham, we will be keeping up our fight to oppose academy plans that could threaten the break-up of local authority schooling right across the borough

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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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10 December 2014

Students join Lambeth walkout

Striking teachers at Lambeth College were backed up by some of their students walking out on 9 December, writes Please send messages of support to Mandy Brown, UCU branch secretary, at

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26 November 2014

Education: "a hurricane of ill thought initiatives"

In a 2010 election manifesto, the Tories said they'd give many more children the kind of education that was only available to the well off. A more honest manifesto would have said they'd give many more children the kind of education that is best for the market

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Hull rally, public sector strike 10.7.14, photo Hull SP

Hull rally, public sector strike 10.7.14, photo Hull SP

19 November 2014

Labour councils attack organised workers

Hull: A year after determined Hull council trade unions stopped the worst attacks of a Labour-led council on it workforce, the council leadership is now preparing the way for a fresh onslaught

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23 October 2014

NASUWT members strike at Swinton High School

Teachers at Swinton High School in Salford, Greater Manchester, were on strike on 21-22 October. Members of the NASUWT teachers' union are deeply frustrated at policies imposed by the headteacher

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