Category: Schools/colleges/nurseries

Unions and employers link up to fight for colleges

In an unprecedented move, the employers, all the further education unions in England – UNISON, UCU, GMB, ASCL, NEU and AMiE – and students will join together on 17 October to lobby MPs at Parliament for proper funding for colleges. 

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Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008, TUC analysis reveals

Fees up by 52%, compared to 17% increase in nominal wages. Families left with £4,700 annual shortfalls even after government support. Click here to read more.

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Residents fear asbestos exposure at primary school

Neighbours want to ensure children and staff are not exposed to asbestos at a primary school during building and demolition works.  Click here to read more.

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Eight out of 10 academies in deficit, say accountants

Academies are faring badly financially, new figures suggest Academy budgets are in an even worse state than those of council-run schools with eight out of 10 in deficit, suggest figures from their accountants.  Click here to read more.

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Figures reveal toll of asbestos in schools

From teaching assistants to teachers to pupils, asbestos in schools is a killer and cuts to school funding can only make the situation worse.  Click here to read more.

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School Funding Mass Lobby

24 October 2017 9:30am – Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St, Westminster SW1P 3DW On Tuesday 24 October UNISON and other education unions will hold a mass lobby of Parliament to protest against education funding cuts.  Click here to read more.

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Lobby of London Councils – Monday 14 August – 9.30am

All UNISON members are encouraged to attend the lobby.  Assemble at  9.30am, 59½ Southwark Street, SE1 0AL, a short walk from London Bridge station and tube, with London Councils meeting at 10.30am.  See attached flyer for further details.  

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Asbestos matters again: St. Mary’s School, Walthamstow

A quick visit to the Health and Safety Executive’s website reveals that LBWF has form on asbestos – see here:

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Waltham Forest: Companies fined after workers exposed to asbestos at St Mary’s school

Three companies have been fined a total of more than £1m after workers were exposed to asbestos while refurbishing a school in Waltham Forest.  Click here to read more.

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Fair Funding for All Schools

16 July 2017 12:00pm–3:00pm, Victoria Embankment and Parliament Square, London. March, family activities and rally for fair school funding in England. A Carnival Against the Cuts organised by parent group Fair Funding for All Schools to oppose school budget cuts

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