Education in Britain
By Tom Pearce, 21 March 2017
On budget day, Conservative Education Secretary Justine Greening was heckled by head teachers as she spoke at an Association of School and College Leaders meeting.
By Alice Summers, 16 March 2017
Studies show that social class is the defining factor in a child’s educational achievement.
By Tom Pearce, 1 March 2017
In the southern English county of Hampshire, 1,700 teachers’ jobs could go by 2019-20 as part of a £62 million package of government cuts.
By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017
The classification of philosophers based on their skin colour, rather than their place in the historical development of human thought, is combined with an attack on the entire progressive tradition of the Enlightenment.
By Tom Pearce, 15 February 2017
Seventy-one percent of school head teachers polled were able to balance their budgets only by making cuts or dipping into reserves.
By Alice Summers and Thomas Scripps, 26 January 2017
Student “choice” is in fact a euphemism for the introduction of measures designed to lower the requirements that educational institutions must satisfy in order to attain university status.
By Tom Pearce, 22 December 2016
According to the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, government spending proposals for schools will mean that “around 90 percent of schools" would see funding cuts.
By a reporting team, 21 November 2016
Young people brought their own homemade banners such as “No fees, no cuts, no debt”, “Drop Fees, Not Bombs” and “Education, not Deportation.”
By Tania Kent, 26 October 2016
The cuts to education budgets mean thousands of teaching assistants losing their jobs or facing a major reduction in their hours.
By Tom Pearce, 19 October 2016
An Institute for Fiscal Studies report notes that school spending per pupil is likely to fall by around 8 percent in real terms by 2020.
By Liz Smith, 13 October 2016
The UK is the only European Union country to permit 16-year-olds to join the armed forces and start military training.
By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2016
The attack on comprehensive education has been proceeding apace, with the majority of secondary schools now academies and free schools.
By Benjamin Trent and Paul Mitchell, 4 August 2016
More than 1.3 million schoolchildren in England—15 percent of the total—have been identified as needing special educational needs and disabilities support.
By Tom Pearce, 15 July 2016
Since the start of the 2015 academic year, increasing numbers of youth have been questioned over their religion, political affiliation and actions.
By Tania Kent, 5 July 2016
The strike by National Union of Teachers members takes place amid the drive for the complete privatisation of state education.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 June 2016
With interest, the average graduate will pay back an additional £3,000 more than they were expecting, with the burden falling more heavily on the poor.
By our reporters, 28 May 2016
University staff have seen their pay fall in real terms by 14.5 percent since 2009.
By Joe Mount, 28 May 2016
The proposals remove any remaining barriers to profit making and facilitate the establishment of private universities.
By Steve James, 30 April 2016
Sixteen Edinburgh schools remain closed after the private consortium that built and managed the properties was unable to guarantee the safety of the buildings.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2016
The Conservative Cameron government is demanding that all schools are converted into academies, which are state funded but privately run, by 2022.
By Alice Summers, 2 April 2016
Since 2010, about a quarter of library workers have lost their jobs.
By Tom Pearce, 19 March 2016
The failure of the UK government to achieve its target for teacher recruitment is symptomatic of the crisis arising from dictatorial conditions and extreme governmental pressure.
By Margot Miller, 27 February 2016
Some Further Education staff have suffered a reduction in pay by as much as 17 percent after years on lower than inflation pay rises.
By Tom Pearce, 24 February 2016
The Academy programme privatisation scheme has led to a substandard level of education for children and large chains controlling schools across wide geographical areas.
By Tom Pearce, 16 January 2016
Schools are paying recruitment agencies ever greater sums for finders fees.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 January 2016
Investors are responding to the profits available due to the increased enrolment of foreign students in British universities and the expansion of privately rented halls.
By Tom Pearce, 5 January 2016
The cuts in education are part of the government’s austerity agenda aimed at saving more than £20 billion in public finances.
By Joyce Smith, 4 December 2015
The OU is the largest academic institution in the UK and Europe by student number.
By Ben Trent, 12 November 2015
Since the introduction of tuition fees under Tony Blair, the cost of education in the UK has soared.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2015
Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months.
By Tom Pearse and Sascha Woods, 11 July 2015
A fifth of children in England leave primary school unable to read well, including over a third of the poorest children.
By our reporters, 22 June 2015
The mass demonstration is a reflection of widespread opposition to the Conservative government’s plans to ramp up austerity, following decades of cuts under both Tory and Labour Party governments.
By Tania Kent, 31 December 2014
New figures expose the fact that the UK government’s drive to privatise schools is having a devastating impact on the education of children.
By Joe Mount, 29 December 2014
The British elite responded to the 2011 inner-city youth riots by demanding the militarisation of the education system.
By Joe Mount, 8 December 2014
In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, police brutality against young people has become ever more ferocious.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2014
New UK schools inspectorate head David Hoare specialises in taking over failing enterprises, sacking workers, imposing cuts and restructuring work practices.
By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014
Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.
By Thomas Scripps, 19 July 2014
Behind all the talk of democratic values, the British bourgeoisie—like its counterparts the world over—are developing more and more repressive measures to police working people.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in a number of town and cities in England who participated in last Thursday’s national public sector strike and protests.
By Margo Miller, 29 March 2014
The strike forced 3,000 schools—12 percent of the total number of schools—to shut their doors completely.
By our reporters, 28 March 2014
Teachers held marches and rallies across the UK during their 24-hour strike Wednesday.
By Thomas Scripps, 14 March 2014
Just one in a hundred children who receives free school meals, receives a place at either of the top two British universities, Oxford and Cambridge.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 11 March 2014
Romanian and Bulgarian students are taking the British government to court over its decision to end financial support while they study in the UK.
By Ben Trent, 7 March 2014
University application figures in 2013 dropped to their lowest since 2009, with research highlighting the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 as the main cause.
By Margot Miller, 21 February 2014
The aim of the NUT in calling for a day’s strike is not to fight for the interests of its members but to secure a place at the negotiating table.
By Zach Reed, 14 February 2014
Students protesting against the attacks on education have been met with police assaults, arrests and suspension.
By Jo March, 14 February 2014
A brutal inspection regime has been used by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition to force schools to become academies as a step towards privatisation.
By Thomas Scripps, 8 February 2014
The richest in the UK are able to pick and choose the 30 best state schools to educate their children.
By Margot Miller, 23 January 2014
Under the Labour Party’s new proposals, regular re-licensing will make it easier to sack teachers.
By Joe Mount, 7 November 2013
The Universities UK organisation, representing vice-chancellors, is calling for a hike in tuition fees beyond the current £9,000 level.
By Tania Kent, 5 November 2013
The calling off of a national teachers’ strike exposes the role of Britain’s pseudo-left groups, who have provided a crucial cover for the trade union bureaucracy.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2013
Rallies were held in major cities throughout England and Scotland.
By Jo March, 31 October 2013
Pseudo-science is being promoted by the government to assert that working class children are genetically incapable of learning at a high level.
By our correspondents, 19 October 2013
The end game of the coalition government’s assault on education is forcing schools to become self-governing academies as a step towards the privatisation of education.
By our reporters, 19 October 2013
One teacher told the WSWS, “The government wants to impose longer hours for less pay.”
By Tania Kent, 4 October 2013
Teachers across several English regions struck this week in the latest action to protest government attacks on their pay, conditions and pension rights.
By a Cambridgeshire teacher, 4 October 2013
The teachers unions’ rally in Cambridge during Tuesday’s regional strike demonstrated the role of the unions and their pseudo-left supporters in preventing a united mobilisation of teachers against the attacks of the Conservative/Liberal coalition.
By Tania Kent, 23 September 2013
Concerned that opposition will develop outside of their control, the UK’s teaching unions are organizing a token show of resistance as the coalition government presses ahead with yet another round of attacks on education.
By Tania Kent, 30 July 2013
The plan outlined by the British government is aimed at imposing a selective class-based education system.
By Margot Miller, 5 July 2013
The claim of the two largest UK teachers unions to be waging a struggle against the government attacks on education, is belied in their full acceptance of the principle of performance-related pay.
By Jordan Shilton, 3 July 2013
A secret internal government report has revealed the plans of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition to sell student loan debt to private investors.
By Joe Mount, 2 July 2013
Universities throughout the UK are using new employment laws to worsen the conditions of nearly 3,000 staff and impose large-scale cuts.
By Jo March, 27 June 2013
The two largest teachers’ unions in the UK are beginning a series of regional rolling strikes.
By Joe Mount, 15 June 2013
International students attempting to study in the UK are being deterred by punitive restrictions.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 30 May 2013
According to the Times, vice-chancellors at Britain’s Russell group of 24 top research universities are “privately urging” government ministers to cut funding used to support poorer students.
By Margot Miller, 1 May 2013
The timetable of rolling regional strikes is designed to have as little effect as possible.
By Thomas Scripps, 17 April 2013
The National Union of Students has launched a phoney campaign to “Bring Back” the Educational Maintenance Allowance, after previously sabotaging the opposition to its abolition.
By Joe Mount, 5 April 2013
The drive towards the privatisation of education in Britain is leading to a dire shortage of school places and poor-quality education provision.
By Jo March, 26 March 2013
Unions announce a timetable of rolling regional strikes, not scheduled to begin for three months.
By International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Britain), 20 March 2013
Public education in Britain is being eliminated and handed over to the private sector.
By Joan Smith, 16 March 2013
Alfie Meadows, who was brutally beaten by police during the anti-tuition fees protests in 2010, was cleared of violent disorder.
By Joe Mount, 2 March 2013
Hundreds of students and staff at the University of Sussex are protesting the outsourcing of non-academic jobs to privately owned companies.
By Jo March, 18 January 2013
The appointment of venture capitalist John Nash as British education minister hammers another nail in the coffin of public education.
By Aidan Claire and Joe Mount, 15 January 2013
The Independent reports on the existence of a web site offering students up to £15,000 a year to have sex with its clients.
By Margot Miller, 5 January 2013
UK teachers face the imposition of performance-based pay.
By Julie Hyland, 22 December 2012
The Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition intends to extend the conditions that exist in academies to all public schools, in preparation for the handing over of education to the private sector.
By Julie Hyland, 20 December 2012
By threatening teachers with pay cuts, the government intends to create a precedent that will be used against all public sector workers.
By Zach Reed, 29 November 2012
Students marched through London on November 21 in protest against the trebling of tuition fees to £9,000 and cuts to education.
By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2012
London Metropolitan University has been granted the right to continue to offer courses to international students who are currently enrolled at the institution, the High Court has ruled.
By Zach Reed, 6 September 2012
The number of students applying for admission to universities in the UK has dropped by 8.9 percent compared to last year.
By Tania Kent and Chris Marsden, 23 July 2012
Marches organised July 14 by the NUT and NASUWT in Sheffield and Oxford were billed as a major new initiative in the fight to defend public sector pensions.
By Jo March, 7 April 2012
It was a day that most members of the National Union of Teachers at Edward Wilson primary school never expected to see—the day they voted against strike action.
By our reporter, 30 March 2012
On Wednesday, members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and University and College Union (UCU) took 24-hour strike action in London to protest cuts in pension rights.
By Paul Bond, 20 March 2012
Cambridge University has imposed an unprecedented seven-term suspension on a PhD student, Owen Holland, for his part in a peaceful protest last November.
By Harvey Thompson, 16 February 2012
Education Secretary Michael Gove has given the go-ahead for Breckland Middle School in Suffolk to be run under a £21 million contract by Swedish for-profit firm Internationella Engelska Skolan.
By Liz Smith, 8 February 2012
Respublica, a Conservative Party think tank supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron, has proposed the setting up of military schools within the British school system.
By Harvey Thompson, 30 January 2012
Downhills Primary School in Haringey, north London, has launched a legal challenge to Education Secretary Michael Gove’s attempt to force it to become an academy.
By Jo March, 30 January 2012
Over 1,000 London parents, children, teachers, and others protested government plans to force three local primaries to become academies.
By Jo Marsh, 5 December 2011
England’s schools inspectorate, Ofsted, is carrying out trials on the latest of a series of measures designed to pressure schools into either taking on academy status or facing closure.
By Barbara Slaughter, 30 November 2011
More than 200 parents, teachers and residents of Otley, West Yorkshire, marched Saturday to oppose the transformation of their local senior school into a privately run academy.
By Harvey Thompson, 29 November 2011
Reports show that privately controlled Academy schools are using a significant slice of public funds to pay senior staff six-figure salaries.
By Robert Stevens, 11 November 2011
The policing of Wednesday’s students protest in London was unprecedented in its repressive character.
”Our future shouldn’t be determined by a few rich people”
By our reporters, 11 November 2011
A reporting team from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to some of those participating in Wednesday’s student protest in London
By International Students for Social Equality (UK), 9 November 2011
This statement is being distributed at today’s protest in London in defence of education.
By Jordan Shilton, 21 September 2011
A report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) revealed that the United Kingdom is the third most expensive place in the world to acquire a degree qualification.
By Alana Gorton, 9 September 2011
This summer witnessed a mad scramble for university places in England and Wales as thousands of students tried desperately to secure one of a dwindling number of places.
By Tania Kent, 31 August 2011
Two newly released studies have reaffirmed that poverty is the most significant barrier in educational achievement.
By Tania Kent, 4 July 2011
Research published by the Institute of Education has revealed that by the age of seven, one in six children is allocated a stream, placed into different classes on the basis of a judgment about their supposed academic ability.
By Dave Hyland, 14 June 2011
Last Tuesday lecturers at Oxford University voted overwhelmingly in support of a “no confidence” motion in the policies of David Willetts, education minister in the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat government.
By Paul Bond, 11 June 2011
The establishment of the private New College of the Humanities (NCH) in London marks a qualitative shift in making higher education available only on the basis of wealth.