Education

MARY PLAYS NUNS' SCHOOL

Submitted by dalcassian on 18 January, 2008 - 3:28 Author: Sean Matgamna

MARY PLAYS NUNS' SCHOOL
Now, Mary places papers all along the kitchen,
On table, dresser, chairs: small girls at school;
Herself, the nun, alone with children in her den.
Mary is re-enacting school, the convent school,
Where little girls are shaped, chastised, cut
By holy women strung alive to God's tight rule.
So she begins to teach: she stiffens, starts to strut
Facing the girls, like nemesis engaged,
A long thin stick in hand. Slowly she starts to “tut”.
“Tut-tut! Tut-tut! Tut-tut!” Soon anger sparks to rage,

1000 against English course cuts

Submitted by Anon on 4 May, 2007 - 8:38

Over 1000 people demonstrated in Hackney in opposition to proposed cuts in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses on April 27th, with marches from Islington, Tower Hamlets and Hackney boroughs converging outside Hackney Town Hall.

The government last year cut funding for adult education courses by 3%, with the effect that ESOL courses for over-19s will no longer be free. This despite the fact that they are withdrawing benefit rights for those immigrants who do not speak English.

More Tests! More often!

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:18

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Heard the one about how the government are going to scrap SATs?
Alan Johnson (Secretary of State for Education) and Ken Boston (Head of QCA) have been spinning this line since the turn of the year and the publication of a DfES document, ‘Making Good Progress’. This outlines the plans for a new assessment system. Ending SATs is dangled as a possibility, but in their place will come more tests, more often, along with payment by results.

NUT Conference - Year long dispute ends in success

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:17

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Teachers at Colonel Frank Seely, following more than a year of campaigning and action by the NUT, have finally got their just desserts.
Management at the school were first pressured into ACAS and then, for the first time since the dispute began over a year ago, forced into real negotiations with a positive outcome.
Faced with significant pay cuts NUT members at the school, many not losing any money at all, stood shoulder to shoulder in the interests of those who were to lose the most.

Intensifying Support Programme (ISP) means more work with no support!

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:08

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Since the successful national ballot on the NUT’s guidelines on workload we have heard very little about the issue as a continuing campaign and yet it must have been clear to all involved that just voting to support guidelines wasn’t going to reduce workload.

NUT - No Deals with Brown! For a fighting union, not a bosses union

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:03

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Those of you who have not been to NUT Annual Conference for a few years may find the experience a very odd one.
Internal unity in the NUT is at an all-time peak and there are few parts of the agenda where fierce division and debate can be expected.

Victory at Central Foundation Girls’ School

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 10:01

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin 2007
Support Staff at Central Foundation Girls’ School in East London won a dispute over redundancies just before the Easter holidays began.
Last September the new Headteacher, who used incidentally to be an STA member of the NUT, announced an intention to restructure the admin department and that this would be likely to lead to redundancies. 11 admin workers were to lose their job and be made to reapply for another.

NUT - National action on pay, wordload and PRP

Submitted by Liam Conway on 13 April, 2007 - 9:59

From Workers' Liberty Teachers NUT conference bulletin, April 2007
After John Illingworth’s powerful appeal last year for the Union to take action to relieve workload-induced teacher stress you would have thought that even our lethargic, sleep-walking executive majority would have been stung into action.

State bans and school uniform

Submitted by Anon on 7 April, 2007 - 11:26

The Guardian recently published an edited version of a letter from a number of Socialist Teachers’ Association activists. They had responded to new advice issued by the DfES about school uniform. This advice, which is available to read and respond to on the DfES website, draws partly on the decision in March 2006 by the Lords of Appeal to overturn an earlier decision in the legal dispute between Shabina Begum and her school (over whether or not she could wear the jilbab, a long gown).