Schools

Anti-academy strike
John Roan anti academy posters
SJWWed, 18/07/2018 - 11:39

National Union of Education (NEU) members have struck for six days and last week we were joined by the GMB.

There was an amazing sense of unity and we were very proud to have teaching assistants, cleaners and other workers on the picket line with us teachers.

Our pickets are regularly about 50 strong — with lots of parent and community support — they’ve really become community pickets or community protests.

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How teacher walkouts can revive the US labour movement
Virginia teachers on strike
AWLSun, 15/07/2018 - 17:06

Lois Weiner is a socialist and teacher trade unionist based in New York. She is the author of The Future of our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice (2012, Haymarket Books) and a member of the editorial board of the socialist journal New Politics. She answered questions from Cathy Nugent of Solidarity and Daniel Randall of the Labour Days podcast about the recent wave of teacher walkouts in the US, and the struggle to revive and transform the labour movement in the age of Trump.

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Teachers strike over workloadSJWWed, 06/12/2017 - 16:15

Workers at Westways Primary School in Sheffield voted overwhelmingly to strike on 6, 7, 12 and 13 December against reforms which will worsen excessive workload and increase scrutiny of teachers.

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Scrap GCSE. Reform assessment in schoolsMatthewWed, 25/10/2017 - 10:56

This summer students in England sat the new-style “closed book” English Literature GCSE exam. This exam prohibits candidates from having the set texts with them to refer to. They cannot look in the book for material to illustrate, support and develop their thinking.

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Model motions for National Union of Teachers (NEU) conference

Submitted by martin on 24 October, 2017 - 2:25 Author: Workers' Liberty school workers
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The National Union of Teachers has merged with the ATL to form the National Education Union, but will still have a separate NUT conference on 30 March to 3 April 2018 in Brighton.

Local NUT associations and divisions will be discussing motions for this conference over the next month. They must be submitted by midday on Sunday 3 December.

Below are some texts drafted by Workers' Liberty teachers which members may wish to use or adapt when proposing motions.

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NZ schools go gender-neutral

Submitted by Matthew on 11 October, 2017 - 10:05 Author: Colin Foster

New Zealand’s secondary school teachers’ union has called on all schools to offer gender-neutral uniform, toilet and changing-room options. All students should be able to “choose from a range of shorts, trousers, skirts of different lengths and styles, with both tailored and non-tailored interchangeable shirts... access to specific uniform items [should not be] not limited on the basis of biological sex or perceived gender identity”.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 12/07/2017 - 12:39

A primary school in Sheffield is to become the first to get rid of all its teaching assistants. As part of a cost-cutting restructure, unions claim the school is planning on sacking its nine teaching assistants.

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The right to be coolMatthewMon, 03/07/2017 - 11:21

June 2017 was the hottest June for 176 years. Across Europe temperatures went up to 38°C, and groups of school children and workers defied instructions and wore skirts to school and work to try and keep cool.

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School cuts cause school week cutsMatthewMon, 03/07/2017 - 10:57

A number of UK schools have decided to shorten the school week to deal with budget crises. A primary school in Leicestershire is the latest to announce it will end the school week on Friday lunchtime. A Essex secondary school has decided students will get an hour less teaching a week and is considering cutting back subject time for PE and PSHE. Instead of squeezing top pay, schools are cutting the number of staff.

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Industrial news in briefMatthewWed, 24/05/2017 - 12:56

Cinema workers at East Dulwich Picturehouse in south London will strike on Saturday 27 May to coincide with the opening of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. Workers at the other cinemas involved in the dispute have just voted for further strikes, and will be on strike on 3-4 June to coincide with the Sundance Film Festival, which Picturehouse hosts.

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