Timeline of UK schoolchildren's strikes

Schoolchildren on strike in 1985. Photo by Dave Sinclair

A chronology of school pupil walkouts which I have been able to discover in the UK from the 19th century to today.

If you are aware of any more please let me know in the comments below so I can add them in (or edit them in directly if you are an editor: but please make sure you have a credible source).

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Oct 20 2015 10:02


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May 5 2016 22:22

There was a pupils' strike/parents pulling their children from schools protest this week against compulsory testing for primary school kids. Posting this here as a reminder to get something in the library about it and add it to this timeline. If anyone saw any good articles about it anywhere please let me know

Jun 8 2017 22:33

One to add: on 3 April 1,000 school pupils, most of them black, came out on strike. They held a rally and march - parading past the local court, the police station, Tulse Hill School, where another 100 pupils joined them, and Brockwell Park'. More info including source here: http://transpont.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/brockwell-three-school-strike-in...

if someone could edit this in that would be great, otherwise I will do it when I get a chance

Jul 23 2017 16:34

There was a planned student strike in 2014 against academisation: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/pupils-plan-strike-to-stop-lond...

Also haven't found a primary source but also read about this one on 17 July 1978:
On this day in 1978 the Hackney and Tower Hamlets Defence Committee organised a day long strike against racist attacks, which brought Tower Hamlets to a standstill. They were joined by 400 pupils from the predominantly British Asian Robert Montefiore school in protest against the racist violence in and around their school.

Nov 12 2017 00:21