Toby Young: How deeply has the rot set in?
The allegations of sexism and homophobia are piling up, and his time is running out
White working class boys: aspiration's not the issue
All working class children in Britain, not just white working class boys, have been affected by generations of educational apartheid, argues Kevin Ovenden
Toby Young: may contain offensive material
The views of Toby Young have no place in society, let alone education. Sack him now, argues Judy Cox
Educational Justice: Teaching and Organising Against the Corporate Juggernaut - book review
Educational Justice provides a clear view of the corporate program to deform schools, and turn education into a profitable production line, finds Adam Tomes
Reactions to Budget 2017: resisting Foodbank Britain
Despite heavy opposition and protests, Philip Hammond's budget continues with austerity. A short round up from Counterfire of some of the reactions.
Teaching assistants: the results of resistance
As teaching assistants in Durham accept a new pay offer, Megan Charlton debunks the myths about the dispute, and Bridget Yuill explains why she voted for the deal
Theresa May's government is busy doing nothing, but we're still suffering - weekly briefing
The ruling party of the ruling class may be in limbo but our side has no time to lose, argues Lindsey German
No level playing fields at Eton
Private schools are incompatible with ideas of equality and opportunity, writes Judy Cox
Are books in schools for reading or for balancing?
Bridget Yuill from the Durham Teaching Assistants campaign looks at some of the wider issues raised by cost cutting in education
Mayor of Bristol to lead protest against austerity
The move by Marvin Rees provides a significant opportunity for the anti-austerity movement
Carnival against the school cuts
Many gathered over the weekend to oppose education cuts, reports Orlando Hill
Education spending: austerity continues
Justine Greening's spending announcement provides no comfort for schools, argues Judy Cox
Durham Teaching assistants: Behind closed doors? Or out in the open?
The Durham Teaching assistants campaign is a lesson in organised resistance
Hungary: the end of democratic illusions
The government-sponsored attack on the Central European University (CEU) represents one more step in the country’s authoritarian drift
NUT conference: from the Lions of Durham
The Durham TAs' experience - struggle builds confidence; the more we fight, the stronger we become
NUT conference: united to fight
As NUT delegates met at the union's final annual conference, immense feelings of unity and defiance were tangible, writes Tony Dowling
The movement is growing: teaching assistants on the front foot in Durham
Durham teaching assistants brought together people from across the country in a huge show of solidarity
Value us: the Lions of Durham keep roaring
Saturday March 25 saw a County Durham Teaching Assistants national march and rally, Dawn Warcup was there to report
Durham teaching assistants: an open letter to a Labour councillor
Dear Labour Councillor, don’t blame me if you are now being held to account for your decisions…
The great academy rip off
The free market in education is a disaster, and children are paying the price, writes Judy Cox
Is Technology Good for Education?
Neil Selwyn’s careful critique of ‘ed-tech’ is grounded in a humane commitment to education for a more equal and just society, finds Alex Snowdon
The Capitalist University: The Transformation of Higher Education in the United States since 1945
The Capitalist University
shows how higher education has served capitalism for over a hundred years, finds Orlando Hill
What's going on with the Teaching Assistants' strike action?
The Durham Teaching Assistants' dispute has been going on for some time now, Tony Dowling speaks to Megan Charlton to find out what it's all about
Boiling point: the crises created by neoliberalism
The crises facing the NHS, London Underground and housing are just a few examples of the results of austerity and privatisation argues Lindsey German
Pride, solidarity, anger and hope: 2016 for Durham Teaching Assistants
Durham Teaching Assistants' year of resistance is summed up by Megan Charlton
Durham Teaching Assistants: the fight goes on
With further strikes by Durham Teaching Assistants soon taking place, Megan Charlton reports on the highs and lows of the campaign
Unionising university workers - extract
In the third extract from
The Capitalist University
, Henry Heller writes about growing resistance to the corporate university
The assault on universities: the 2016 version
Ahead of the education protest called by the NUS and UCU on 19 November, Des Freedman and Feyzi Ismail explain why staff and students should join it
Striking to defend the education of their communities
The Durham Teaching Assistants ratcheted up their campaign with two days of strike action last week. Megan Charlton was there to report
Universities and the Cold War - extract
The second extract from Heller's
The Capitalist University
describes intellectual and political conformity that dominated academia during the Cold War
The Capitalist University
Universities, corporations and class - extract
We republish the first of three extracts from Henry Heller's new book
The Capitalist University
resonates with the marketisation of HE in Britain
Solidarity with Durham Teaching Assistants: what comes around, goes around
Thousands took to the streets of Birmingham last weekend to protest the Tory Party conference. Megan Charlton of the Durham TAs was there to participate and report
Durham Teaching Assistants: enough is enough
Teaching Assistants in Durham won't accept a pay cut imposed by the council, writes Lizzy Anderson
Teaching Assistants: showdown with Durham County Council
Durham County Council may have bitten off more than they can chew in challenging their local Teaching Assistants, reports embedded campaigner Megan Charlton
Back to Bash Street? May's grammar school myths
As Theresa May tries to take us back in time, Sean Ledwith and Adam Tomes take a look at the grammar school debate
Chilean student movement: back in the streets for free education
As the Tories announce plans to remove the cap on tuition fees, Hector Rios looks at how Chilean education was marketised, and how students are resisting
Against Capitalist Education
Against Capitalist Education
is a striking call for education to be freed of the straightjacket of the capitalist market, finds Phil Armstrong
The Tories and academies: a coup against democracy
As the Tories plan to turn every school into an academy, Alastair Stephens takes a look at the motives behind the drive
Teachers prepare for confrontation with government
The NUT conference captured the angry mood among teachers over the Tories' academies plans, reports Tony Dowling
Easy as ABC: teachers resist academies
Is the Tories’ forced academisation programme the final straw in their assault on public education?
Academies: stop the Tory assault on our schools
The academies programme is a political attack on state education, writes Alex Snowdon
We can be heroes: remembering David Bowie with a purpose
Philosophy Football's Bowie shirts are a fitting memorial for the late artist, writes Mark Perryman
Education targets: the need for a radical rethink
A culture of target-chasing has become all pervasive in our schools. Phil Armstrong looks at the issues
Preventing Prevent: Students are not suspects
Students need to unite against the Prevent strategy, which is only meant to spread division, argues Shelly Asquith
Five years on from Millbank, who are the real vandals?
Des Freedman argues that the government’s new green paper signals an even more deregulated, profit-driven HE sector
No talking in class: Prevent in schools
Nick O'Brien on how the Prevent strategy has already started to make our schools places where students are afraid to discuss important and topical issues
Infected by the Germ: Baseline Testing
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts writes Kiri Tunks
Gateshead teachers strike on May Day to save jobs at Thorp Academy
NUT members at Thorp Academy in Gateshead took strike action on Friday in defence of colleagues threatened by compulsory redundancy - Tony Dowling reports
#OccupyUAL: our creativity none of your business
Students were taken to court by University of the Arts London for occupying in protest against cuts to further education and Foundation degree courses. Anna Dakin reports
Working together, winning together
Tony Dowling reports from this week's NUT conference
#OccupyUAL: only option is to escalate
A series of student occupations against university cuts is underway and look set to escalate. Dan Poulton went along to Central St Martin's college where free foundation courses face the axe
'Whose school? Our school!'
Hundreds of protesters marched through Norwich city centre to show their opposition to a prominent high school becoming an academy. Nick O’Brien reports
Cameron’s Free School scam
Cameron’s announcement of 500 free schools was a blatant attempt to take the focus off his cuts to education argues John Westmoreland
More Than a Score. The New Uprising against high-stakes testing
More Than A Score
is a collection of articles that show the creative anger of those defending public education against the relentless, neoliberal, corporate assault, writes Adam Tomes
SOAS staff and students demand Justice for Cleaners
SOAS Justice for Cleaners (J4C) re-launched their campaign this year with a series of successful events over the past week - demanding the cleaning staff are brought in-house
Challenging the pay and working conditions of hourly-paid and fractional staff
Staff at Queen Mary’s have launched an anticasualisation campaign demanding pay for all hours worked at London Living Wage and contract uniformity. Isabelle Leach reports
Pessimism and rage in the higher education pensions dispute
We have seven weeks in which to raise the temperature and to inject some hope into the battle to defend pensions says Des Freedman
They’re back: Free Education march takes London by storm
Against the odds, regardless of the absent NUS and a bullying police force, the student movement has announced a triumphant return to the UK’s political scene writes Jack Brindelli
Greece: wave of school occupations against the new ‘class’ educational reforms
Thousands of students, teachers, and parents have been taking part in a national student demonstration reports Marina Prentoulis
Hands off our pensions!
Des Freedman, Brian Alleyne and Tom Henri on why staff at 69 universities have started a marking boycott to protest against proposed changes to pensions
Hey Wilshaw! Leave them kids alone!
Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw’s ideas about ‘discipline’ have much in common with Victorian methods and little to do with real education writes John Westmoreland
Student Loans not for sale after Cable's U-turn
Student campaigners are celebrating victory after Vince Cable announced that the Lib Dems have pulled the plug on the planned privatisation of Student Loans
Selling our schools - Gove's Trojan Horse
Gove may have gone but the covert privatisation of schools he initiated continues writes Clare Sambrook
Social trade unionism can break the corporate juggernaut
For trade unions to fight back and win we need to tap into the massive political anger and idealism that is running right across society argues John Westmoreland
Gove's last lesson
John Rees looks at the meaning of the Cabinet reshuffle
Staff and students protest in support of victimised UCU activist John Westmoreland
Protestors demonstrated outside York College in support of John Westmoreland. Reece Goscinski reports
Defend John Westmoreland: History teacher and UCU activist
A campaign has developed at York College against management attacks on John Westmoreland, a popular History teacher and leading trade union activist
How should World War I history be taught in schools?
Should we emphasise the heroism and courage of a 'just war' in a 'noble cause', as education secretary Gove wants, or highlight imperialist war as the worst form of barbarism?
Cops off campus - a victory for students
Keeping the police off campus means building the biggest possible movement against the attack on education, and against austerity
Cambridge: teachers' unity against Gove
'Gove has achieved what once seemed impossible - uniting NUT and NASUWT. And you know what? We like working with each other. Unity is strength, and if Gove doesn’t listen, it will be his downfall'
Striking back against Gove
This October will see the launch of a concerted campaign by teachers, students and parents to stop the human wrecking ball of education known as Michael Gove
Clapham to Brixton march against education cuts
A demonstration from Clapham Common to Windrush Square in Brixton on the 15th June 2013 protesting against the government's austerity measures meaning hard cuts to Lambeth college
Michael Gove: holiday snatcher
Michael Gove's determination to demoralise and destroy public sector education appears to be boundless
Gove's education factories
Far from improving schools, the education secretary is trying to divide teachers and make the education system more viable for private sector providers, writes Martin Copson
The case of the Halesowen Four
The sacking of four Trade Unionists at Halesowen College in highly controversial circumstances sets a dangerous precedent argues Adam Tomes
Resisting Gove's education counter-revolution
Gove wants the deregulation of education and the increased privatisation of schools writes John Westmoreland
NUS: breaking with the union won't build the movement
The failure of the NUS leadership to build student protests has led to calls from some activists to break up the NUS and create alternative structures – a mistake argues James Meadway
Why the student movement needs to stop devouring itself
Austerity has been a disaster for students as it has been for so many people. But the student movement is not responding adequately to the crisis. Katherine Connelly explains
The fight against Gove: a new mood among teachers
Education generally and the teaching profession specifically are at the forefront of government attacks. But, writes Martin Copson, teachers are fighting back
Lessons in liberation: pedagogy of the oppressed
As Michael Gove intensifies his counter-revolution in the classroom, Sean Ledwith rediscovers the work of a radical educational thinker who influenced ideas about teaching and learning from the 1960s onwards
Gove Levels: the educational abyss
Michael Gove’s replacement for GCSEs is an all-out attack on working class kids, argues Adam Tomes
Vygotsky versus Gove
The recent furore over GCSE grades has once again thrown into sharp relief the clash between two philosophies of education that underpins most controversies in the sector, explains Sean Ledwith
Whitehall hit by London Met protests
Opposition to plans to deport 2,600 London Metropolitan students hit Whitehall today as students, staff and supporters from across London marched on the Home Office and Downing Street
Market failure: the profiteers behind Gove's exam fiasco
As the uproar over the exam boards’ manipulation of results continues, a college lecturer looks at the role of the businesses profiting from the chaos
London Met: a destructive Tory attack on higher education
The threatened deportation of 2,600 London Met students is an issue for the whole movement argues Des Freedman
Examining to fail: Gove tries to turn back the clock on education
Michael Gove has denied thousands of young people a chance to continue their education as exam boards responded to his demands for ‘academic rigour‘ argues Adam Tomes
Striking for our future
Sean Rillo Raczka, vice president of the University of London Union, shares his thoughts on N30, the student movement and the need for more mass action against the government.
Occupation, injunction and the right to protest: report from the Universitiy of Sheffield
Henry Parkyn-Smith and Naomi Thompson recount the experience of the recent occupation at the University of Sheffield on N30, and argue for continued protest on campus.
The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance
Des Freedman, one of the editors of the
The Assault on Universities
, explains why the Higher Education Manifesto is important, and how we can use it to defend education against marketisation. The book is being launched at Housmans Bookshop on Wednesday, 23rd November.
Students march to the City on November 9
ULU vice president Sean Rillo Raczka: Students will be marching to the City this Wednesday 9th November to continue the fight against fees and cuts.
Free Frank Fernie - end political convictions
As another anti-cuts activist is sentenced to jail, John Westmoreland laments the loss of caring and committed young activists to political sentences.
White paper on universities: Putting business at the heart of the system
The white paper is, in essence, a fairly typical piece of neoliberal ideology that combines an attack on public provision with yet more state intervention, argues Des Freedman.
Universities: the new profit-chasing factories?
The disastrous tuition fee rises will hurt part-time students at institutions like Birkbeck in particular, disenfranchising a generation, argues Sean Rillo Raczka, chair of Birkbeck students' union.
The student movement: results and prospects
James Meadway analyses the causes of the lull in the student movement, and argues that if the movement was to sustain itself beyond the activist minority, it had to maintain its relationship to the wider mass of students.
Albion Rose: Susan Matthews on student resistance
Susan Matthews is the mother of Alfie Meadows, who was seriously injured on the student demonstration on 9th December, and who has recently been charged for violent disorder. This article is her contribution to Springtime: The New Student Rebellions.
The lifeline that is EMA
The possible abolition of the Education Maintenance Awards by the ConDem government is yet another nail in the coffin of higher education.
Jody McIntyre: Account of student protester dragged from wheelchair by riot police
Jody McIntyre was pulled from his wheelchair twice by police at Thursday's Student protest, this is his account of the day.
Clare Solomon: The student firebrand behind wave of protests
The nationwide wave of demonstrations against student fees is being led by a woman who applied to be a police officer before changing course and becoming a Marxist revolutionary.
The Gulf oil spill of education reform
Lord Browne's review of university funding, published yesterday, is the biggest attack ever launched on higher education in this country. If made into law, it will herald the death of equality of access to learning.
Universities: big business for companies
Cuts to universities will mean fewer students with fewer facilities, with more competition for places - but also more companies making a profit out of education.
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