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WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION?

LONDON PRIMARY SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

Date: Saturday 1st December 2012

Venue: Reay School, Hackford Road,

Lambeth, London SW9 0EN (near Oval Tube)

Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm. Lunch provided

Speakers:

Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council

Sue Palmer, ECA (Early Childhood Action) and author of Toxic Childhood and 21st Century Boys

Katie Mitchell OBE, Associate Director of National Theatre

John Coe, National Association of Primary Education (NAPE)

Judy Ellerby, NUT principal officer for Primary Schools

Jess Edwards, Primary School music teacher

More speakers to be confirmedMalevolent Pixie

Key debates and workshops to include:

How do we solve the shortage of school places in London schools? London’s children need 90,000 additional primary school places by 2015/16.

Will the new Primary curriculum take us back to the 1950s? The Coalition government is proposing wide ranging reform to the curriculum including phonics testing and other rote learning approaches.

How do we get a more creative curriculum? Teachers and parents know that what really inspires our children is a creative curriculum that builds their cultural and emotional level.

How will cuts in breakfast clubs and other support services affect our children? Cuts in essential services such as EMA grants and cuts to benefits see our most vulnerable children suffer.

Will the ‘free market’ in education deliver higher standards? The Coalition government claims academies and free schools are the answer to raising standards and tackling social inequality.

Do we still need a ‘middle tier’? The role of Local Authorities in education is also under intense pressure. Austerity cuts and the emergence of private providers are changing the nature of local democratic accountability.

Organised by Lambeth Teachers’ Association in association with others

Please email union@lambethnut.org.uk to register for a place or for more information

Online Registration: http://lambethteachers.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/latest-flyer-for-primary-education-conference/

Conference website, including downloadable flyer: http://lambethteachers.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/london-primary-schools-conference-what-is-the-future-for-primary-education/

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Education Crisis

NEW LEFT PROJECT

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Our site contains a mixture of short, timely content on our blog as well as more detailed, in-depth treatment of various subjects through our feature articles, interviews and NLP-hosted debates. We are developing more audio/visual content as the site evolves, as well as branching out into organising live events. In addition to broadening the forms of content we produce, we are always looking to expand the range of topics that NLP covers, from current affairs to theory, philosophy and culture.

We welcome unsolicited contributions, as well as comments on any of our published content. We hope you enjoy the site.

New Left Project: http://www.newleftproject.org/

Two new articles on Education at New Left project:

School Wars: The Battle Intensifies, by Ed Lewis and Melissa Benn — http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/school_wars_the_battle_intensifies

Free Schools in an Unequal Society, by Judith Watson — http://www.newleftproject.org/index.php/site/article_comments/free_schools_in_an_unequal_society

 

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‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Academies

ANTI ACADEMIES CONFERENCE

One year on from the Academies Act – Fighting Academy Conversions & Free Schools

A major one day conference for governors, parents and staff who want help to organise to stop primary, secondary and special schools converting to academy status.
                                                                   
There will be practical workshops for governors, parents, schools students, and staff. Other workshops sessions include Free Schools; ‘Edu-business’, UTCs and 16-19 academies, equality and SEN and ‘Rogue head teachers’.
 
This conference is the next step in the crucial campaign against the Government’s academy schools reform proposals.
 
Speakers include: Lisa Nandy MP; Nigel Gann one of the UK’s leading authorities on school governance; John Adams (NGA pc); Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education; Christine Blower, NUT;  Mary Bousted, ATL; Patrick Roach NASUWT; Megan Dobney, SERTUC; Alasdair Smith AAA
 
Saturday 11th June, 10.30am – 4pm
Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
Speakers include:
 
Organised by: SERTUC and Anti Academies Alliance
To register email sertucevents@tuc.org.uk
Click here for more information

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Education on Trial

EDUCATION ON TRIAL

Education on Trial will be happening in the heart of London at ULU on Thursday 4th November from 6-11pm.

The event is held in the wake of the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review and ahead of the NUS/UCU national demonstration against education cuts.

Comedians, artists, musicians, poets, academics and activists will discuss schools, testing, funding education, what education is for and much more around a central ‘pub table’ where audience members are encouraged to join in the debate.

Tickets are £5/3 are available online at PayPal at http://lovemutinytickets.blogspot.com/2010/10/education-on-trial-tickets.html

Organisers are asking supporters and regulars to book up now to avoid disappointment.

The fantastic line up includes: Vicki Baars from NUS LGBT, academic and activist Gareth Dale, A-Level lecturer Matthew Beggs, a 3-minute primary school lesson, performance poet Alison Brumfitt, Ally Moss from the Middlesex occupation, Bertie and Victoria from the Really Open University, comedian Grainne Maguire, exclusive video interviews on the radical potential for education, and academic and free schools activist Debra Benita Shaw, banner making with resident artist Sky Yarlett….and you!

Tickets at www.jointhemutiny.org

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Education

SEPTEMBER ANTI ACADEMIES NEWSPAPER

 The September 2010 Anti Academies Alliance Newspaper is now available.

 It includes:

 * Updates on the impact of the Academies Act

* The case against ‘Free’ schools, who loses? Consultation

* Campaign news.

…and much more

The Newspaper is being printed today and will be posted out on Monday 13th September.

For more details on how to get the Newspaper, please download the order form and post in your order: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk/Home/news/septemberantiacademiesnewspaper

Or email in your order and we will send you an invoice.

Anti Academies Alliance: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk

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Capitalist Schools in Crisis

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Vote Clegg, get Brown!

Tory / Lib Dem Government announce Plans for Swedish style ‘Free Schools’

 From Alasdair Smith at the Anti Academies Alliance

 AAA website at: http://www.antiacademies.org.uk

 The new Tory / Lib Dem government has already announced that we will see Swedish style ‘Free Schools’ being opened.

They also intend to rush through legislation to allow ‘outstanding’ schools to become Academies.

The Swedish ‘Free Schools’ have recently received a lot of criticism. Swedish Trade unions, politicians and even the Swedish National Agency for Education have warned that we there are serious problems with the ‘Free School’ model.

It’s not too late for Liberal Democrat members and MPs to demand that these proposals are abandoned.

In every city and town we need to start to prepare to resist these proposals.

No privatisation, No cuts: Defend Comprehensive Education!  

New Anti Academies Alliance briefing on Swedish style ‘Free’ Schools: https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/international/sweden/thecaseagainstswedishstylefreeschools

Recent news articles on Swedish ‘Free’ schools, and the myth that they are successful:

https://sites.google.com/a/antiacademies.org.uk/aaa/Home/parliament/thecaseagainstfreeschools

An Appeal to Liberal Democrats

The following Appeal has been circulated to Liberal Democrat MPs, councillors and activists.

At your Spring Conference in 2009 you passed a motion which stated you would “restore strategic Local Authority oversight and commissioning” of Academies.

The Anti Academies Alliance welcomed this decision. It made your party the only party that recognised a key problem with Academies; that they are schools that are outside of local democratic control.

In our questionnaire to election candidates many of your candidates replied repeating this pledge.

As the discussions about the formation of a future government proceed, we appeal to you to stand by this pledge, and to take this historic opportunity to halt the academy programme and the break up of our comprehenisive education system.

It is also important that the Tories’ plans for further privatisation & deregulation are thwarted. Michael Gove’s plans for “new” schools along the lines of the ‘Swedish model’ must be shelved.

We urge every Lib Dem to contact their leadership to demand that a progressive education policy is not squandered in any coalition deal.

Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti Academies Alliance

‘Free’ Schools – a “disaster for standards”

This was the comment made by Nick Clegg, just a week before becoming Deputy Prime Minister:

Biggest academy sponsor hit by fresh Ofsted ‘failure’

The country’s biggest academy sponsor has been plunged into fresh turmoil after it emerged that another of its schools has been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted.

Stockport Academy, sponsored by the United Learning Trust (ULT), has been told that it needs “significant improvement” to address poor standards.

It is the third ULT academy to be described as inadequate by inspectors in less than a year and is the latest in a line of significant setbacks for the sponsor.

Education Bill within weeks as Tories dig in

The move opens the door for a raft of new schools to be set up by parent groups, charities and local businesses as well as existing school providers, a policy not backed by the Liberal Democrats before the election. Legislation later this month will give all schools ranked outstanding by Ofsted the right to step out of local authority control immediately and become academies.

Heads warn National Challenge schools face job losses and budget cuts

England’s worst performing schools – those categorised under the National Challenge – face redundancies and budget crises from next spring, heads and unions have warned. Improvements to the “named and shamed” secondaries could stall when they lose vital cash during tough financial times in 2011, the school leaders have said. See: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6043684

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Nick Clegg

 

David Cameron

‘THE MEANING OF DAVID CAMERON’ – WITH RICHARD SEYMOUR

Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: Housmans Bookshop
Street: 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross
Town/City: London, United Kingdom

Description:
Richard Seymour, blogger of ‘Lenin’s Tomb’ fame, and author of ‘The Liberal Defence of Murder’ will be in store discussing his latest publication, ‘The Meaning of David Cameron’.

The Tories are posing as a ‘progressive’ and ‘radical’ alternative to New Labour. Drawing from George W Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’, they maintain that the ‘Big Society’ can do what ‘Big Government’ cannot – produce a cohesive, mutually supportive, happy society. Cameron’s court intellectual, Philip Blond, maintains that this if David Cameron’, which is a viable alternative to the failures of the egalitarian left and the excessively pro-market right. But is this more than campaign mood music? And are the conservative traditions that they draw on – from the bucolic, pseudo-medievalism of G K Chesterton to the anti-statism of Friedrich Hayek – really a bulwark of progress and radicalism?

Richard Seymour argues that such ideas can only seem ‘progressive’ in light of New Labour’s acquiescence to Thatcherism. To understand the Cameronites, it is necessary to understand how the social landscape and corresponding political language was transformed by the collapse of post-war social democracy and its more radical competitors. To resist the Cameronites, he argues, it is necessary to attack the neoliberal consensus on which all major parties found their programme.

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