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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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13 June 2012

Striking against academies

On 31 May NUT members at Alperton Community school in Brent went on strike against proposals to turn their school into an academy. Hank Roberts spoke from the picket line

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29 May 2012

No to Kingsthorpe Academy! No to more school privatisations!

This headline was just one of the placards outside the school gates on 23 May when teachers in the NUT were on strike to stop Kingsthorpe College becoming an academy

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23 May 2012

Lincolnshire academies in crisis

Schools should be put back under community control: Academies are a major plank of the Con-Dems' education policy. They are outside local authority democracy and promised increased funding, at the expense of the remaining local authority schools.

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20 April 2012

Our Demands

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1 February 2012

Haringey takes action against academies

On Saturday 28 January, up to 1,000 people in north London marched from Downhills primary school, Tottenham, to Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green, writes Chris Holmes, Haringey Socialist Party.

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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.

Chestnut Grove School in Balham, Wandsworth, south London

25 January 2012

Haringey parents say: No to academies!

Primary school parents in Haringey, north London, are in the front line of the battle against the Con-Dems' destruction of our education, writes Paul Gerrard, National Union of Teachers.

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