Education in Britain
Ballot follows strike votes by postal workers, railway conductors, airline pilots, NHS staff
By Barry Mason, 4 November 2019
Record turnouts by hundreds of thousands of workers for industrial action reveal the extent of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's collusion with trade union bureaucrats to suppress a social explosion over the past 4 years.
By Tom Pearce, 4 July 2019
The “turning point” in the campaign involves waiting for the autumn budget statement and the local elections in 2020 to put pressure on politicians to change their minds on increasing school funding.
By Darren Paxton, 24 April 2019
The teachers dispute has been closed down, but lecturers and education staff fight on.
By Tom Pearce, 22 April 2019
Funding per pupil in England continues to fall, with a further 3 percent drop to come in the next period.
Teachers at school in Sheffield, England, strike against job losses and threat to eliminate sixth form
By our reporters, 1 April 2019
Parents, teachers and school staff oppose the Bradfield School Board of Governors and the headteacher, who justify the closure of the school's sixth form on the basis that demand is lower than expected.
By Tom Pearce, 26 March 2019
Twenty five schools nationally have taken the drastic measure of shortening the school week due to funding constraints.
By our reporters, 25 February 2019
Students from the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University attended the meeting, at which IYSSE member Thomas Scripps gave the opening report, followed by the German Socialist Equality Party deputy-leader Christoph Vandreier, who joined via video link from Berlin.
By Darren Paxton, 23 January 2019
Teachers in Scotland are demanding a 10 percent pay increase, having rejected on several occasions the Scottish government’s offer of a paltry 3 percent.
By Tom Pearce and Paul Mitchell, 21 January 2019
In the documentary, we witness the distress resulting from teacher shortages, large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and insufficient support for children with special needs, all in pursuit of “balancing the budget.”
By Simon Whelan and Robert Stevens, 8 December 2018
The UCU, past masters at isolating and demobilising struggles over pay and job losses, finally authorised a token pay strike at the end of November—at just six institutions.
By Tom Scripps, 17 November 2018
The banning of Norman Geras’ essay under anti-terrorism legislation is a police state measure that has, for the first time, targeted an article discussing socialism and revolution.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 November 2018
Graduates’ pay figures are an expression of the declining wages and conditions of the working class.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2018
The demonstration was far larger than the EIS anticipated and shows the desire of teachers to fight back against pay cuts.
By Robert Stevens, 18 October 2018
Anyone believing that today’s recall will provide an opportunity to discuss the betrayal underestimates the contempt of the union apparatus for democratic debate.
By Tania Kent, 21 September 2018
The government reaction must be seen as a warning: not only will school cuts continue unabated but that they will move forcefully against any attempts to block their austerity agenda.
By Alice Summers, 16 August 2018
The policies of both Labour and Conservative governments have led to massive spending cuts, threats to teacher pay and privatisation.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 June 2018
Events at the University and College Union prove that the union bureaucracy is unanswerable for its actions and unaccountable to its members.
By Tom Pearce, 23 June 2018
Despite the rhetoric from union representatives, no fight is being waged against the ongoing privatisation of education.
By Mark Blackwood, 17 May 2018
Recent figures reveal that half of all children living in the Lawrence Hill area are struggling just to eat.
By Julie Hyland, 19 April 2018
Under conditions where the imperialist powers are dragging humanity towards a third world war, the ruling elites can no longer countenance critical opinion.
By Robert Stevens, 18 April 2018
It was to demobilise opposition to its rotten deal with the employers that the UCU cut the number of universities due to walk out this week, before suspending strike action altogether
By Tom Pearce, 17 April 2018
Any strikes called by the teaching unions, as a way of maintaining control over the anger of staff at the consequences of becoming academies, are being confined to a few single schools.
By Thomas Scripps, 12 April 2018
The NUS’ report claiming rampant sexual harassment by UK academics adds fuel to the media furor against the UK lecturers’ strike.
By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2018
There is strong resistance to the University and College Union’s attempted sell-out of the pension dispute by university staff who oppose the bureaucracy’s lying claims.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2018
The cuts will result in the loss of 25-30 members of staff across Bradford, with the aim of saving an estimated £770,000 a year.
By Simon Whelan, 10 April 2018
Hundreds of jobs are threatened in the largest restructuring and redundancy programme in university history.
By Paul Bond, 7 April 2018
As police admitted involvement in the blacklisting of building workers, around 60 campaigners and victims walked out of the Undercover Policing Public Inquiry, angered over a continuing cover-up.
By Thomas Scripps, 4 April 2018
Representing the vast majority of teachers in the UK, the votes are a response to the catastrophic conditions prevailing in primary and secondary schools across the country.
By our reporters, 2 April 2018
The Education Fightback forum, titled “No sell-out by the UCU! Form rank and file committees!” was attended by education staff and students from around the UK.
Education Fightback forum hears special needs teacher: “A 30 percent increase in class size with the same level of staffing”
By our reporters, 2 April 2018
Schools have piloted schemes over the past year offering free school meals to children over the school holidays, because their families are too poor to feed them.
By our reporters, 2 April 2018
Stephen told the forum that one-third of existing contracts are teaching only, and paid by the hour, and less than two-thirds of British academics have a permanent contract of employment.
By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2018
The University and College Union’s Higher Education Committee voted to put an inferior pensions’ offer from Universities UK to a ballot, in the face of lecturer’s opposition.
The UK Further Education strike: Lessons of the lecturers’ revolt against the University and College Union
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 27 March 2018
The attacks on Further Education staff are central to the Conservative government’s plans to turn education over to the private sector.
Attend online and call-in forum March 27
24 March 2018
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) is hosting an online and call-in forum for lecturers, college staff, other education workers and students on Tuesday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2018
From its formation, the UCU Left pledged to work with the right wing within the UCU leadership, and has served to suppress opposition and bolster the authority of the unions.
By our reporters, 17 March 2018
WSWS reporters spoke to striking lecturers and students on picket lines and at rallies Thursday and Friday in London and Glasgow.
The UK lecturers strike and the struggle against marketisation
By Thomas Scripps, 16 March 2018
The collective endeavour of learning is being replaced by a purely financial and adversarial relationship between universities and students and the academic workforce.
By Robert Stevens, 15 March 2018
From the beginning of the dispute, the SEP has insisted that the UCU is not an organisation fighting in the interests of workers. It is a tool of management and, as with all the unions, cannot be reformed through rank and file pressure.
By our reporters, 15 March 2018
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with striking lecturers yesterday in London, Manchester and Sheffield.
By Robert Stevens, 14 March 2018
Thousands protested nationally and hundreds of lecturers lobbied outside the union’s headquarters in London Tuesday to demand rejection of a deal reached the previous evening.
“I’m delighted with the voices of solidarity from West Virginia”
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
Members of the IYSSE spoke to students and striking lecturers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland about the issues in the lecturers’ struggle.
Striking UK lecturers speak out to denounce attempted UCU sell-out: “I’d like to see the membership taking control more as it has done today”
By our reporters, 14 March 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters interviewed striking lecturers at an all-day protest of several hundred lecturers, students and university workers outside UCU’s headquarters in North London.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK), 8 March 2018
A fight to build solidarity between lecturers and students involves a political struggle against the University and College Union, National Union of Students and other false leaderships.
By our reporters, 7 March 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to striking UK lecturers and other university staff during the first two days of this week’s four-day strike in Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.
By our reporters, 5 March 2018
Education workers in the UK send messages of support to the striking West Virginia teachers.
By our reporters, 1 March 2018
The rally followed the previous day’s talks during which the union signalled its intention to capitulate by offering further concessions over pensions.
By Thomas Scripps, 1 March 2018
The attack on university lecturers is one element in a far advanced programme aimed at the destruction of higher education as it has been known for decades.
By Robert Stevens, 24 February 2018
In contrast to the stand by lecturers and students, the University and College Union has insisted that the strikes give way as soon as possible to resumed negotiations.
By our reporters, 24 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK.
By Thomas Scripps, 24 February 2018
At the center of discussions is the introduction of market-based pricing for degree courses, based on likely graduate earnings.
“This is a political attack”
By our reporters, 23 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to lecturers and students at universities around the UK during yesterday’s national strike by lecturers against attacks on their pensions.
By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 22 February 2018
The following is being distributed among lecturers and students at today’s national strike in the UK against attacks on lecturers’ pensions.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 February 2018
UCL honorary senior lecturer James Thompson is obsessed almost solely with genetic differences in intelligence across genders, countries and ethnicities.
By Thomas Scripps, 20 January 2018
Accompanied by lifting the cap on tuition fees and selling off of student debt to private holders, the Office for Students is set to complete the basic framework for the wholesale privatisation of higher education.
By Tania Kent, 21 December 2017
Schools nationally will see a funding cut of 1.5 to 3 percent this year.
By Tom Pearce, 14 October 2017
Due to budget cuts, schools have asked for donations from businesses to provide basic necessities, resulting in further reliance on the private sector.
By Tom Pearce, 28 July 2017
Despite the widespread use of flammable cladding in schools, only three schools have so far been tested.
By Stephen Alexander, 27 June 2017
The following is the second of a two-part series on the political issues behind the election of Labour’s Shakira Martin as NUS president.
By Tom Pearce, 16 May 2017
While the NUT continues to oppose action, other education unions, including the NASUWT, are equally concerned about preventing strikes.
By Stephen Alexander, 29 April 2017
Despite almost a decade of swingeing education cuts, the EIS resisted any national action up until last year, when a few one-day stoppages took place.
Britain’s pseudo-left promotes Kurdish YPG militia volunteer Brace Belden as University of Glasgow Rector
By Stephen Alexander, 5 April 2017
The Kurdish YPG militias function as a proxy force of the imperialist powers in the brutal US-instigated war for regime change in Syria.
By Liz Smith, 30 March 2017
Labour Party-led Durham council propose to fire and then rehire teaching assistants on a contract that will result in a 23 percent pay cut.
By John Vassilopoulos, 29 March 2017
In the inner London borough of Lambeth, £25 million is to be slashed from school funding by 2020. For some schools this means up to 25 percent in cuts to their budget.
By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2017
On budget day, Conservative Education Secretary Justine Greening was heckled by head teachers as she spoke at an Association of School and College Leaders meeting.
By Alice Summers, 16 March 2017
Studies show that social class is the defining factor in a child’s educational achievement.
By Tom Pearce, 1 March 2017
In the southern English county of Hampshire, 1,700 teachers’ jobs could go by 2019-20 as part of a £62 million package of government cuts.
By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017
The classification of philosophers based on their skin colour, rather than their place in the historical development of human thought, is combined with an attack on the entire progressive tradition of the Enlightenment.
By Tom Pearce, 15 February 2017
Seventy-one percent of school head teachers polled were able to balance their budgets only by making cuts or dipping into reserves.
By Alice Summers and Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017
Student “choice” is in fact a euphemism for the introduction of measures designed to lower the requirements that educational institutions must satisfy in order to attain university status.
By Tom Pearce, 22 December 2016
According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, government spending proposals for schools will mean that “around 90 percent of schools" would see funding cuts.
By a reporting team, 21 November 2016
Young people brought their own homemade banners such as “No fees, no cuts, no debt”, “Drop Fees, Not Bombs” and “Education, not Deportation.”
By Tania Kent, 26 October 2016
The cuts to education budgets mean thousands of teaching assistants losing their jobs or facing a major reduction in their hours.
By Tom Pearce, 19 October 2016
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.
By Liz Smith, 13 October 2016
The UK is the only European Union country to permit 16-year-olds to join the armed forces and start military training.
By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2016
The attack on comprehensive education has been proceeding apace, with the majority of secondary schools now academies and free schools.
By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016
More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2016
Since the start of the 2015 academic year, increasing numbers of youth have been questioned over their religion, political affiliation and actions.
By Tania Kent, 5 July 2016
The strike by National Union of Teachers members takes place amid the drive for the complete privatisation of state education.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016
With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.
By our reporters, 28 May 2016
University staff have seen their pay fall in real terms by 14.5 percent since 2009.
By Joe Mount, 28 May 2016
The proposals remove any remaining barriers to profit making and facilitate the establishment of private universities.
By Steve James, 30 April 2016
Sixteen Edinburgh schools remain closed after the private consortium that built and managed the properties was unable to guarantee the safety of the buildings.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2016
The Conservative Cameron government is demanding that all schools are converted into academies, which are state funded but privately run, by 2022.
By Alice Summers, 2 April 2016
Since 2010, about a quarter of library workers have lost their jobs.
By Tom Pearce, 19 March 2016
The failure of the UK government to achieve its target for teacher recruitment is symptomatic of the crisis arising from dictatorial conditions and extreme governmental pressure.
By Margot Miller, 27 February 2016
Some Further Education staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises.
By Tom Pearce, 24 February 2016
The Academy programme privatisation scheme has led to a substandard level of education for children and large chains controlling schools across wide geographical areas.
By Tom Pearce, 16 January 2016
Schools are paying recruitment agencies ever greater sums for finders fees.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 January 2016
Investors are responding to the profits available due to the increased enrolment of foreign students in British universities and the expansion of privately rented halls.
By Tom Pearce, 5 January 2016
The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances.
By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015
The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.
By Ben Trent, 12 November 2015
Since the introduction of tuition fees under Tony Blair, the cost of education in the UK has soared.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2015
Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months.
By Tom Pearse and Sascha Woods, 11 July 2015
A fifth of children in England leave primary school unable to read well, including over a third of the poorest children.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The mass demonstration is a reflection of widespread opposition to the Conservative government’s plans to ramp up austerity, following decades of cuts under both Tory and Labour Party governments.
By Tania Kent, 31 December 2014
New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children.
By Joe Mount, 29 December 2014
The British elite responded to the 2011 inner-city youth riots by demanding the militarisation of the education system.
By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014
In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2014
New UK schools inspectorate head David Hoare specialises in taking over failing enterprises, sacking workers, imposing cuts and restructuring work practices.
By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014
Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.