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14 October 2020

Even more delay in stopping school transmission?

School staff and parents fear the worst. Public Health England figures show that the highest test-positivity rates are now in the 10-19 age group, but schools are still expected to remain open

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24 June 2020

Fully fund schools - stand firm on safety

Under pressure from their own failures to make sure schools are in a position to safely open more widely, the Tories have committed to providing 1 billion for schools next year

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2 June 2020

Tories knocked back on schools opening

The government has faced parental distrust and organised trade union opposition

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6 May 2020

Test and trace: workers need a real plan

Only a national plan and workers' control can guarantee a safe exit from lockdown: There is a growing scientific consensus that successful management of the coronavirus crisis requires a comprehensive plan - combining mass testing, contact tracing and supported isolation of potentially infected individuals, writes Martin Powell-Davies, Socialist Party national committee.

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28 April 2020

Workers fighting to defend safety and livelihoods - NSSN national meeting a huge success

Over 200 members and reps from many different trade unions came together on Zoom on Sunday 26 April to discuss the impact of the coronavirus crisis on workers

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25 September 2019

Labour votes to abolish academies and private schools

And promises to abolish tuition fees, among other measures

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3 April 2019

40 years after Three Mile Island disaster

On the morning of 28 March 1979, pumps feeding water into the steam generator at Three Mile Island's No.2 (TMI-2) nuclear reactor near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, failed. Emergency shutdown systems appeared to have worked correctly - but they hadn't.

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23 May 2018

Victory: how school strike beat 'academy' privatisers

School workers in Newham, east London, stopped Avenue Primary School becoming a privately run 'academy' earlier this month

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10 January 2018

Newham academy strikes spread to Cumberland school

"Why would we want more privatisation?!" This is how the National Education Union (NEU) rep at Cumberland school in Newham, East London, closed the picket line meeting to stop the school becoming an academy.

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30 August 2017

Should you be furious about 'furious cycling'?

Rather than allowing the press to whip up division between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, we should be united in demanding urgent transport investment

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20 April 2016

Strike together to kick out the Tories!

After the anti-cuts march, build for coordinated strikes: The 26 April demo in London called by doctors's union BMA and teachers' union NUT, is very important. Joint workers' action can stop the cuts.

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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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7 October 2015

Anger after violent youth deaths

Hundreds of angry residents packed into the Honor Oak Community Centre to discuss the recent violent deaths of two teenagers

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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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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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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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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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'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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