Schools

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 27 February, 2019 - 9:09 Author: David Pendletone

Outsourced workers from four trade unions united for a day of action on Tuesday 26 February. Members of the IWGB at University of London, UVW at the Ministry of Justice, and PCS at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy all struck to demand better pay and conditions, and direct employment.

RMT London Transport Regional Council, which organises outsourced workers on London Underground, also supported the demonstration.

Guards' jobs: nail down the deal!

Lambeth fight continues after budget vote

Submitted by AWL on 20 February, 2019 - 12:50 Author: Katy Dollar

On Wednesday 13 February, Lambeth Council voted through another cuts budget. The document included a line in a table cutting £500,000 from Children’s Services. Five children’s centres are to be closed, seven more will have their service provision cut, and staff across the borough will lose their jobs.

Union should fight to abolish GCSEs

Submitted by martin on 19 February, 2019 - 8:01 Author: Alan Gilbert
Exam hall

Kenneth Baker, the Tory minister who introduced GCSE exams, has called for their abolition.

"They have a profound impact on young people's mental health... exam stress is creating a 'troubled generation'...

"The focus on GCSE performance tables is creating such a pressure to drive up academic results that many schools are... being forced into rote learning to deliver..."

Baker spoke on 11 February, the same day that Robert Halfon, chair of Parliament's Education Select Committee, and a right-wing Tory, made the same call.

Stop “no recourse” scandal

Submitted by AWL on 16 January, 2019 - 11:55 Author: David Pendletone

Lewisham NEU (National Education Union) has voted to send a motion entitled “No child should go hungry in our schools” (motion 109) to our union’s national conference this year, and is seeking support to prioritise it for debate. At present, some of the poorest and most vulnerable children in our schools are denied meals under the government’s invidious No Recourse to Public Funding (NRPF) designation.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on 5 December, 2018 - 9:21 Author: Patrick Murphy and Gemma Short

The striking dinner ladies at Ladywood school in Grimethorpe returned to work on 29 November, claiming victory in their fight to defend their jobs. The school proposed to make all nine of the school meals supervisors redundant as part of a cost-cutting exercise announced in June. Backed by their union, Unison, the women decided to fight back and voted to take extensive strike action to save their jobs.

Schools ballot opens

Submitted by cathy n on 13 November, 2018 - 8:56 Author: By Patrick Murphy, NEU (NUT section) executive, personal capacity
teachers' action

On 15 November the National Education Union (NEU) will open an indicative ballot for all teacher members in state schools and sixth form colleges on the linked issues of school funding and the 2018 teachers’ pay award. The ballot will run for two months, closing in early January.

Socialist Workers' Party: Split or choreographed manoeuvre, they've let us down, again.

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sun, 16/09/2018 - 22:18

The self-styled 'revolutionary party' the Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) are much diminished from their 80s and 90s peak. They have been, rightly, shattered by their decision to put protecting their organisation and leading members of it ahead of ensuring a fair hearing for young women in their group making allegations of rape. Yet despite this they held a residual weight in the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and now in the National Education Union (NEU).

Book Review: Miseducation - Inequality, education and the working classes

Submitted by Class Struggle on Wed, 12/09/2018 - 15:08

Diane Reay’s book Miseducation sets out to chart the working-class experience of education in Britain, making a forceful argument for reform and highlighting both historical and contemporary barriers to genuinely comprehensive education. All criticisms aside, it is an important book which can e/quip education workers and campaigners with ideas and knowledge that will be necessary to take on the governments’ failed education reforms and policies. It is a sharp critique of the way the British education system has consistently failed working class children.

NEU Executive makes a difficult pay campaign even harder

Submitted by Gemma_S on 11 September, 2018 - 3:27 Author: By Patrick Murphy, National Education Union executive (personal capacity)
Teachers outside the DfE hold signs that say "worth 5%" and "stop school cuts"

In what has become a pattern, the government announced their decision on the 2018-19 teachers’ pay award at the end of July when most schools had closed for the summer break.

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