Michael Gove, his replacement Nicky Morgan and Labour’s Andrew Adonis have claimed for nearly 10 years that converting schools to academies drives up standards. Earlier this summer, the Education and Adoption Bill began its passage through Parliament. According to Nicky Morgan, the Bill will target ‘coasting schools’ and identify any that are ‘failing to push every child to reach their potential’.Read more
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a volunteer with Norfolk SEND Partnership, and have been for the last seventeen years. I work mostly in the west of the Norfolk region.
I work with parents of children with Special Educational Needs, and as such many of these children cannot cope with mainstream school environments. They are either permanently excluded or simply refuse to attend school.
Sunday 17 May / 1 p.m. / Jesus Green by Victoria Avenue (near the children's playground), Cambridge CB4
There's a campaigning picnic in Cambridge this Sunday, National Children's Day! This is a play, picnic, and information session on the Primary Charter's Four, Too Young to Test campaign, against the government's plans to extend SAT testing to four-year-olds. We're asked to bring a contribution to the picnic.
Thousands of people flooded the streets of Bristol in an anti-austerity demonstration which was organised by a group of young, determined women.
A group of seven teenagers organised the march, which opposed the Government's austerity measures, on social media.Read more
Cuts to any public service have a human face. Behind every cut is a child, an individual, a family and even, perhaps, a whole community with cuts to schools, hospitals, transport and leisure services. When cuts are made, they have a disproportionate impact upon people and communities who are already experiencing shortages of income, jobs, education and housing. Cuts are not only unnecessary but are a deliberate strategy to undermine state involvement in any form of public provision and to allow the forces of the market to exploit and subjugate populations.Read more
Katherine Clements, critically acclaimed author of The Crimson Ribbon, argues to save creative writing to continue giving students confidence to express themselves.Read more
Anastazja Oppenheim reports -This week we’ve learned that, without any consultations with students or trade unions, the management of University of the Arts London decided to cut over 800 places on our Further Education courses. Dozens of staff woke up on Monday to an email informing them that they’re at risk of redundancy. Students and sabbs were quick to react – on Thursday, we started an open-ended occupation, taking over management rooms at Central Saint Martins (King’s Cross)
The Student Assembly Against Austerity sends warm solidarity greetings to the LSE student occupiers, who are occupying a meeting room of the university administration to demand a change to the current university system and as a contribution to the national campaign for free education which has gone from strength to strength over the past year.Read more
Wednesday 11 March / 6.45 p.m. / Lab 002, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT
As part of the parallel education manifesto campaigns by the National Union of Teachers and the University and College Union, the two unions are holding an Education Question Time in Cambridge, with the teachers and educationalists Tony Booth (University of Cambridge), Julia Flutter (Cambridge Primary Review Trust), Philipa Harvey (NUT), Andrew McGettigan (Central St Martins and City Lit), and Wendy Scott (consultant). Their expertise will be on hand as we work out, what education system do we have? And what education system do we want?
We're asked to register to attend this free event.
Students from the University of Sheffield have today occupied Nick Clegg’s constituency office in the name of free education – against tuition fees, privatization and cutbacks.Read more