Tuesday 31 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL
This meeting, sponsored by the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers association, is a chance for us to question the Cambridge parliamentary candidates on all matters related to school education, including the crucial one of funding. The Institute for Fiscal Studies recently calculated that the governing Conservative Party's plans imply a cut of 3 per cent in real terms by 2021/22, rising to 7 per cent if the last two years' austerity cuts are included (see for example the report of the Daily Telegraph for 26 May).
Friday 26 May / After school / Cambridge and Ely
The new Fair Funding for All Schools group in Cambridgeshire has organized a day of action on Friday, the last day of half term, with parents at several schools taking part. This growing, national campaign demands that the government should protect per-pupil funding in real terms for the term of the next parliament, and provide additional funding so that no school loses by the National Funding Formula which, as it stands, will increase funding for some schools at the expense of others. The schoolcuts website shows with frightening clarity how individual schools will be affected.Read more
Tuesday 9 May / 7.30 p.m. / NCI Sports and Social Club, 1 Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL
If the Conservative government pursues its current plans for school funding, ninety-nine per cent will see a funding cut per pupil by 2020, based on the calculations made for the schoolcuts website from data published by the Department for Education and the National Audit Office. Primary schools will see an average cut of £103,754 (£403 per pupil); secondary schools, an average cut of £470,433 (£554 per pupil). These austerity cuts will damage children's education by forcing schools to offer fewer teachers and support staff, larger class sizes, and a narrower curriculum.Read more
Tuesday 1 November / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD
The local Action Together for Schools campaign for broad, equal, and democratic children's education – everything that Conservative government policy undermines – will hold its next organizing meeting of parents, teachers, and activists on Tuesday. As well as the new prime minister Theresa May's reactionary support for grammar schools, the meeting will discuss SATs, summer-born children, current action by teaching unions, and more.
Tuesday 5 July / 11 a.m. / Donkey Common (on the corner of Gonville Place and Mill Road), Cambridge CB1
Two of our education unions will strike tomorrow in Cambridge. Members of the Cambridgeshire National Union of Teachers are striking over the effect on pay and conditions of the government's reforms in children's education; members of the Anglia Ruskin University and College Union are striking over falling real pay, a persistent gender pay gap, and the increasing use of casual contracts in higher education.Read more
Monday 20 June / 7.30 p.m. / Friends' Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA
The new Action Together for Schools campaign will hold a public meeting this evening, Taking Back Education, with the children's writer Alan Gibbons (books include The Shadow of the Minotaur and The Edge), the parent activist Anna Gordon, and the head teacher Tony Davies.Read more
Tuesday 24 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro (upstairs in the library), 5–7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Everyone's welcome at the second meeting of the new local campaign against the Conservative government's education policy (see the introduction given in our last meeting), which builds on the pupils' strike of 3 May against standard assessment tests (SATs). Among other things, the campaign has to agree a name!
There follow the minutes of our May meeting, including an introduction to the new education campaign, and with a report on the national demonstration of 16 April and a development of its demands attached. Our next monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday 1 June at 7.30 p.m., at the wheelchair-accessible River Lane Centre, River Lane, Cambridge CB5 8HP.Read more
Tuesday 10 May / 7.30 p.m. / CB2 Bistro, 5–7 Norfolk St, Cambridge CB1 2LD
Local organizations and individuals will meet on Tuesday to discuss a broad campaign to fight the harmful proposals of the government's recent white paper on education, including the forced conversion of all schools in England into academies, the removal of the requirement for teachers to be qualified, and the removal of the requirement for parents to sit on governing bodies. The Cambridge People's Assembly will support this campaign in any way it can.
Tuesday 3 May / 10 a.m. / Brown's Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RU
As previously noted on our mailing list, parents in Cambridge and elsewhere will take their children out of school today, in protest at the standard assessment tests (SATs) for seven and eleven year-olds that place children under stress and narrow their education. We'll meet from 10 a.m. to 12 midday at Brown's Field Community Centre, for a forest school session and bike track play.