Class Struggle Blog

Solidarity with Harbinger Primary School workers! No to bullying bosses!

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sun, 19/05/2019 - 10:24

School workers in the National Education Union at Harbinger Primary School are taking strike action against a bullying headteacher. We reproduce their statement in full below. Please send messages of solidarity to harbingerneu@gmail.com

Boycott High Stakes Summative Testing in Primary Schools

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sun, 14/04/2019 - 16:19

The system of testing in our schools is a form of state-sponsored child abuse. The process of testing which begins in year one destroys a love of learning, humiliates children and stifles developing minds. English school children are now among the most tested in the world. Motion 16, ‘Boycott High Stakes Testing’, gives us the opportunity to confront the tests.

How to Fight the Right, How Not to Fight the Right

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sat, 13/04/2019 - 15:41
Antifascist symbol, red flag and black flag together

On 29 March, the day the UK was due to crash out of the European Union, the pro-Brexit right mobilised in central London.

Thousands marched for Brexit and the SWP front, Stand Up to Racism (SUTR), protested in opposition. There were about 50 anti-racists who were barracked and taunted by the rightists: “Leftist scum, off our streets!”. The SWP organiser approached the police and asked to be moved away from the right-wing mob. When the SUTR people had moved away to a safe distance the SWP got out their STUR placards and banners.

SEND Cuts: The Most Vulnerable Lose Out

Submitted by Class Struggle on Thu, 11/04/2019 - 14:19

By the government’s own reckoning over 2000 pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are not getting access to necessary resources and equipment because of funding cuts. Since 2015 £5.4 billion has been cut from school budgets in England. The most vulnerable have been hit hardest. Between 2014 and 2017 pupil numbers rose by more than 4500, but on average schools lost 5.5 staff members. A lot of those cuts will have fallen on teaching assistants who support children with special educational needs, teaching assistants who are themselves low-paid and vulnerable.

Conference and beyond - For a Campaigning and Militant Union

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sat, 09/03/2019 - 16:58

The first National Education Union (NEU) conference will take place in Liverpool on 14th – 18th April. The conference will decide the direction and policy of the new union that organise 450,000 workers in schools. It is the fourth largest trade union in the UK. Workers Liberty members are very active and we fight hard to shape the NEU as an effective union for all school workers. Of the 18 sections the conference agenda is divided into 3 have motions written by Workers Liberty members prioritised, at the top, to be discussed.

National Education Union Conference Motion Amendments

Submitted by Class Struggle on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 16:15

We've done some great work so far in the run up to conference. Motions written and submitted by Workers' Liberty activists and supporters on representing support staff, boycotting tests and fighting the anti-union laws are top of their sections on the agenda and will be debated.

There's still time to finesse, expand on and add detail to motions through amendments.

Pass one of our amendments through your division meeting before the March 18th deadline.

Union should fight to abolish GCSEs

Submitted by martin on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 20:01
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.

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