School strike wins in East London

Joint strikes of support staff and teachers, involving Unison and National Union of Teachers (NUT) members, at Central Foundation Girls School in East London, have forced school management to back down on plans for pay cuts and job losses, and have won victories on teachers’ workload, observations and sickness policy.

Stop attack on Special Needs kids

Janine Booth

Children's Minister Sarah Teather has announced changes to provision for children with special needs. Despite her claim that this will create 'a more integrated and less bureaucratic system', the plans amount to a significant attack on support for the most needy kids, perhaps a new low even for this government's austerity drive.

Ten thousand fewer teachers

Martin Thomas

An accumulation of small cuts means that the number of teachers in England's state schools - which had been rising for a decade - fell by 10,000 in the year to November 2011.