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Dale Street, Ollie Moore, Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens and David Ball

CCTV workers employed by Glasgow Community Safety – a Glasgow City Council Arms Length External Organisation (ALEO) – are back at work having won a 24% pay rise after twelve strike days over six weeks. The 19 workers, all Unison members, struck to achieve equal pay, i.e. parity of shift allowance payments, with other employees who work the same pattern of 12 hour shifts in a round-the-clock service.

Strikes hit Glasgow council; Southern Rail guards strike to keep trains safely staffed; GTR bosses use courts to scupper strike; John Roan teachers strike; Government backs down on “check-off”; Parents Defending Education campaign launched.

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Schools protest grows

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A Lewisham teacher

Campaigning against the education White Paper — Educational Excellence Everywhere — is beginning to gather pace across the country.

On 23 April the Parents Defending Education conference will take place in London. Organised by the Anti-Academies Alliance the conference is supported by teaching unions NUT and ATL. The Rescue Our Schools campaign has also been set up by parents to stand up for state education.

Campaigning against the education White Paper is beginning to gather pace across the country.

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A political campaign to fight the Education White Paper

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A Lewisham teacher

The Government’s education White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, is a threat to state education as we know it and to education workers’ pay and working conditions. It will only be defeated by a combination of industrial action by the education workers’ unions and by a political campaign without and within the Labour Party and the labour movement.

The Government’s education White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, is a threat to state education as we know it and to education workers’ pay and working conditions.

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Campaign against the education white paper!

The attacks in the government's education white paper are enormous and include the forced academisation of all schools (smashing up remaining teachers terms and conditions and abolishing all local control of schools) and huge funding cuts for schools.

The NUT plans to run a political campaign linking up with other school workers and with parents and students. However it will be up to activists to make sure this happens in a real way locally rather than just being materials produced centrally by the union.

Model motions for Momentum and Labour Party branches to campaign against the attacks on schools.

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Education white paper: what to do next

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Workers' Liberty Teachers

At NUT conference on Easter weekend 2016 a priority motion was passed on fighting the Government's education white paper which plans huge funding cuts and forced academisation of schools.

The motion passed means the union will be organising a ballot of all members in state funded schools (including academies) for a national contract for all teachers in those schools. The union will also seek to work with other school workers, parents and students to organise a campaign against the attacks.

These are the bulletins produced by Workers' Liberty teachers at the conference.

Workers' Liberty teachers on how to fight the attacks on our schools.

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Schools: stop the Tory plans!

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Patrick Murphy

George Osborne announced in his Budget on 16 March that all schools are to become “academies” (autonomous businesses directly funded by central government) by 2020. There will be no choice, no consultation and no alternative available for children, parents or local communities. It is the first time a major policy from one of the big government departments has been launched by the Chancellor rather than the minister responsible.

George Osborne announced in his Budget on 16 March that all schools are to become “academies” (autonomous businesses directly funded by central government) by 2020. There will be no choice, no consultation and no alternative available for children, parents or local communities.

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“The data. They get between me and the child I’m teaching.”

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Patrick Yarker

I teach on an MA course designed for practitioners. I’d asked a group to talk about a time when they were made to question what they were doing in school or why they were doing it. Such a task can generate emotionally-charged responses. On this occasion, what I heard seemed to express frustration with a defining feature of contemporary teaching: a rattling of the bars. “I hate the data. Absolutely hate the data.” The vehemence of the comment brought me up short.

The complexities of the classroom are generated by the material reality of human encounter, and these complexities are to be respected if education is to have the chance to happen.

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Schools face 8% funding cuts

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Elizabeth Butterworth

On 17 March, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan released a White Paper entitled “Educational Excellence Everywhere”, containing the government’s plans for state schools in England. As predicted, government is seeking to set about changing the way funding is allocated. The current funding formula has led to large disparities in the amount of funding per pupil different schools in the country get.

On 17 March, the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan released a White Paper entitled “Educational Excellence Everywhere”, containing the government’s plans for state schools in England.

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Tories take an axe to schools

The National Union of Teachers has commented on the Government's 17 March White Paper proposals to make every school an "academy" (directly funded by central government, with no local authority control over its management) and to abolish Qualified Teacher Status.

Getting rid of Qualified Teacher Status is a clear indication of how little this Government respects teachers or parents, who believe their children should be taught by a qualified teacher. Leaving schools and heads to decide whether a teacher has reached suitable standards lacks coherence...

The National Union of Teachers responds.

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Industrial news in brief

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Ruth Cashman, Gemma Short and Janine Booth

Local writers Jay Rayner and Will Self joined library workers, local readers and residents marching on 5 March against Lambeth Council’s plans to close half the borough’s libraries.

Lambeth libraries; Tube unions accept night tube deal; Academy struggle faces more attacks.

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