CBI calls for end to “exam factories”

Submitted by Matthew on 28 November, 2012 - 6:53

The CBI has attacked the current regime of testing children, calling some secondary schools “exam factories”.

This, coming from the high table of the British bourgeoisie, highlights the absurdity of over-examining school pupils.

Naturally, the reasons given by the CBI were terrible: “Qualifications are important, but we also need people who have self-discipline and serve customers well”, said the CBI director general, adding that measuring attainment by criteria beyond test scores might boost economic growth!

News in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 7 November, 2012 - 7:10

The announcement that subjects such as drama and art will not be included in the new “English Baccalaureate” (EBacc) and that it will only focus on “core” subjects (English, maths, science, history and languages) has provoked criticism from people in the arts that the country’s “creative edge” is at threat. But this misses the point.

The narrowing of the curriculum will badly affect working-class students who have fewer opportunities for self-expression.

Sell out

Bring back the pamphlet!

Submitted by Matthew on 26 October, 2012 - 9:00

Material conditions for socialist education and self-education are better than they’ve ever been.

Much socialist literature which previously you could read only if you could get into a good library is now freely available on the web. Vastly more has been translated.

Thanks to second-hand book sales moving onto the web, printed books which you’d previously find only by searching second-hand shops are now also easily available.

Blame the teachers?

Submitted by Matthew on 11 July, 2012 - 2:04

The figures for 16-18 year old who are not in education, employment or training — NEETs, as they are termed — have risen over the previous year (8.1% now compared to 7.5% in 2010).

This must be good news for the coalition. NEETs are a fantastic opportunity for apportioning blame; if crime levels in particular area rise, find a correlation with NEET levels. If it is felt necessary to stir up the electorate by attacking the teaching profession (with its strong level of union activism) then suggest that this is all the fault of education and demand support for imminent reforms.

NUS calls demo for 21 November AWL Tue, 07/10/2012 - 12:33

From the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts

The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts welcomes NUS’s announcement of a national demo in autumn, called for 21 November. NCAFC will be lending its full support to this demonstration, and activists all over the country will be building for maximum possible mobilisation in London on the day. However, we know that this will not be enough to stop the government’s onslaught against students, education workers and young people.

Support Downhills strike against forced academy status, Tuesday 19 June

Submitted by vickim on 17 June, 2012 - 9:47

NUT and Unison members at Downhills Junior School, Haringey, will strike on Tuesday 19 June against government plans to force the school to become an academy.

Please send messages of support to -

Downhills UNISON:

Haringey UNISON:

Downhills NUT: