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.

Submitted by Steven. on October 20, 2015

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).



8 years 1 month ago

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Submitted by Steven. on May 5, 2016

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


7 years ago

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Submitted by Steven. on June 8, 2017

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-1974.html

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


6 years 11 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on July 23, 2017

There was a planned student strike in 2014 against academisation: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/pupils-plan-strike-to-stop-london-school-being-turned-into-an-academy-9459608.html

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.


6 years 7 months ago

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Submitted by Steven. on November 12, 2017

Note to self to add some from here: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/10/scotland-corporal-punishment-britain-schools-action-union