How to fight the Tories’ plans for schools

Submitted by vickim on 12 July, 2010 - 11:20

Speeches from the opening session of Ideas for Freedom 2010, "How do we fight the Tories' plans for schools?" (10 July)
The chair was Gemma Short, a first year teacher and AWL member from Sheffield.

Jean Lane, teaching assistant and UNISON activist in Tower Hamlets

I’d like to concentrate on the cuts we’ve faced up until now and how they are going to multiply in the coming period, particularly after the October spending review.

Win, lose or draw? Lessons for the anti-cuts struggle from the Middlesex Philosophy campaign

Submitted by vickim on 23 June, 2010 - 1:18 Author: Vicki Morris

The campaign to keep philosophy at Middlesex University is all but over, and has effectively failed. The management has not backed down on its decision to close the department. They have not budged an inch. Why the hesitancy in giving this assessment?

Save Middlesex Philosophy department

Submitted by vickim on 8 May, 2010 - 12:29 Author: Vicki Morris

The management at Middlesex University have decided to axe the world-renowned philosophy department. While the department is very successful - philosophy is the highest research-rated subject in the university - it just doesn't make quite as much money as other departments. The staff and students were told the shocking news on 26 April.

The staff and students set up an online petition, which you can sign

Who is Michael Gove?

Submitted by Matthew on 15 April, 2010 - 3:55

Labour’s manifesto commitment to “take over” the 1,000 least successful secondary schools in the UK (slightly less than a third) was not much more than an extension of an already existing policy. But it did have echoes of the kind of education policy the Tories’ Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Michael Gove has been saying. Except that Gove goes that little bit further.

Gove says much more of the state’s education functions can be handed over to private business (they could take over schools and make a profit if they want).

UCU activists' meeting at King's College London - high stakes, missed opportunities

Submitted by AWL on 16 December, 2009 - 10:31 Author: Ed Maltby

On Tuesday the 15th of December, a meeting of London UCU activists and some students met in KCL. The meeting was hosted by KCL UCU Branch, and politically dominated by the SWP - i.e. a number of SWP full-timers were in attendance, and the meeting was chaired by an SWP student from KCL.

Italy: Students join the fightback

Submitted by Newcastle on 24 September, 2009 - 8:55 Author: By Hugh Edwards

The explosion of spontaneous protests by temporary teachers that swept across Italy at the beginning of September has continued following the opening of the school term on the 14th.

Now the extent of the drastic cuts in teachers, technical and admin staff etc. has become clear to those still fortunate to find themselves in a job. This year 65,000 jobs were scheduled to be cut. There are more cuts to come in 2010. Those affected are part of the 300,000-strong temporary workforce in education.

Tower Hamlets College: Teachers are not city bankers!

Submitted by Newcastle on 10 September, 2009 - 11:18

These cuts fall in line with a tide of xenophobic government reforms around ESOL provision; part of the big fuzzy picture of “integration” that they like to contradict.

Here’s a struggle to be had out in the midst of tightening immigration controls, rising popularity of the extreme racist-right and let’s not forgot the big “excuse”, this bastard recession.

Tower Hamlets College: Students show solidarity!

Submitted by Newcastle on 10 September, 2009 - 11:15

Jan Ducky was coming to enrol on the Access to Higher Education — social science and humanities. Jan is from the Czech Republic and is currently working as a hospital cleaner part time. He decided not to cross the picket line and instead joined the protest.

Why did you decide not to cross the picket line?