Campaigning for a better state education for all – Report of SERTUC and AAA conference 7th Feb 2015

If there was ever a time for a conference on ‘a better state education for all’ involving teachers and school support staff, parents, academics, trade unionists from the UK and abroad, campaigners and politicians it is now and earlier this month the South East Region TUC and the Anti Academies Alliance hosted such a conference. The list of speakers and contributors was impressive and included Professor Gus John, Linda Norrby from Sweden’s largest teacher trade union, parents and teachers from the successful Hands Off Hove Park campaign, academics from the University of Brighton, Kevin Courtney (NUT) and Mary Bousted (ATL), Natalie Bennett (Green Party leader), Jonathan Simons from the Policy Exchange and Zoe Williams from The Guardian. Continue reading

Troops to Teachers programme expansion announcement

Yesterday the DfE announced the expansion of the TtT programme led by the University of Brighton.  The Brighton Campaign for Education supports the statement put out by Brighton UCU co-ordinating committee here.  Why prioritise the recruitment of ex-armed services personnel when so many public sector workers such as teaching assistants, youth and children’s centre workers have their jobs threatened by cuts and would welcome similar conversion courses into teaching?

Brighton Children’s Centre Campaign is launched

Report from Nadia Edmond (for updates see Brighton Children’s Centre Campaign page)

On Friday 30th January, thirty parents, carers and others concerned about the threat to Children’s Centres in Brighton and Hove (see Save our Children’s Centres on our Early Years page) met at the Brighthelm to establish a campaign to fight proposed cuts. All were passionate about saving Childen’s Centres but equally passionate that this should not be at the expense of cuts elsewhere. There was an overwhelming rejection of austerity and cuts. Continue reading