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Privatisation agenda behind government threats against UK teachers

By Julie Hyland, December 22, 2012

The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition intends to roll out the conditions that exist in academies to all public schools, in preparation for the handing over of education to the private sector.

Government threatens UK teachers with pay cuts as punishment for industrial action

By Julie Hyland, December 20, 2012

By threatening teachers with pay cuts, the government intends to create a precedent that will be used against all public sector workers.

National Union of Students organises token London protest

By Zach Reed, November 29, 2012

Students marched through London on November 21 in protest against the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 and cuts to education.

Court decision allows some London Metropolitan international students to remain in UK

By Jordan Shilton, October 10, 2012

London Metropolitan University has been granted the right to continue to offer courses to international students who are currently enrolled at the institution, the High Court has ruled.

Sharp fall in number of UK university students

By Zach Reed, September 6, 2012

The number of students applying for admission to universities in the UK has dropped by 8.9 percent compared to last year.

UK ex-left groups cover up collapsing support for education unions

By Tania Kent, Chris Marsden, July 23, 2012

Marches organised July 14 by the NUT and NASUWT in Sheffield and Oxford were billed as a major new initiative in the fight to defend public sector pensions.

London teachers’ union branch denounces betrayal of pensions dispute

By Jo March, April 7, 2012

It was a day that most members of the National Union of Teachers at Edward Wilson primary school never expected to see—the day they voted against strike action.

Trade unions isolate London teachers and lecturers strike

By our reporter, March 30, 2012

On Wednesday, members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and University and College Union (UCU) took 24-hour strike action in London to protest cuts in pension rights.

Cambridge University suspends PhD student for peaceful protest

By Paul Bond, March 20, 2012

Cambridge University has imposed an unprecedented seven-term suspension on a PhD student, Owen Holland, for his part in a peaceful protest last November.

Private companies poised for takeover of UK state education

By Harvey Thompson, February 16, 2012

Education Secretary Michael Gove has given the go-ahead for Breckland Middle School in Suffolk to be run under a £21 million contract by Swedish for-profit firm Internationella Engelska Skolan.

UK government supports plans for military schools

By Liz Smith, February 8, 2012

Respublica, a Conservative Party think tank supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron, has proposed the setting up of military schools within the British school system.

London primary school mounts legal challenge over academy status

By Harvey Thompson, January 30, 2012

Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, has launched a legal challenge to Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attempt to force it to become an academy.