school students

Children's strikes in 1911 - Dave Marson

School children in Hull on strike in 1911 "for shorter hours and no stick"

Dave Marson's excellent 1973 pamphlet on the little-known mass walkouts of schoolchildren in the UK and Ireland in 1911, the same year that saw widespread industrial unrest and strikes. Their demands included shorter hours and an end to corporal punishment in the form of the cane and the strap.

School students mobilise across Italy

On October 5th, school students took to the streets in dozens of cities across Italy in protests which saw burning of electoral cards, police baton charges and many arrests.

School students protest austerity photo gallery, Italy, October 5th 2012

On October 5th, thousands of school students in Italy took to the streets to protest against the government's austerity measures. Demonstrations were held in cities across Italy under the slogan "Against crisis and austerity, we take back the schools and cities!".

Education round-up 2 July 2012

A few regional stories wound me up this week. Great Yarmouth academy long days. Waltham Forest strike ballot. Islington academy axes free meals. University pulls unpaid job advertisement.

Media manipulation over school bombing in Brindisi

Last Saturday morning a bomb exploded outside the vocational college for young women “Morvillo-Falcone” in the Southern city of Brindisi, killing a teenage girl, Melissa Bassi, and severely wounding several other classmates.

South African human rights Day Assembly

Today has been a particurlarly shit day for me at school and in light of me being lazy about posting the update on Pro Share I thought I could do a small little post about our assembly today which was to do with aparthied because it is human rights day in South Africa today.

Work experience, student organising, and the nature of schooling

At the same time that the public outcry—and, indeed, what might legitimately be called a movement—over workfare developed, students at my school were on a two-week unpaid work experience program. The blog entry will examine not only the nature of such placements, but explore the organising opportunities they present. Also, a big thanks to Croydonian Anarchist for giving me the kick up the arse to actually write this.

Work experience

photograph by Rob Pinney www.robpinney.com

In light of the recent controversey about the Work Experience schemes that McDonalds has taken part in and workfare in general, I thought I would share the most interesting experience of the two Work Experience schemes I have been subjected to.

The business of schooling

While “business partnerships” have a long history in state schools, the increasing marketisation of comprehensive education has seen such arrangements propagate across the sector. This blog details my experience, as an education worker, of the creeping business ethos of an inter-city secondary school.