Unions Bid to Run Education Action Zones
Russell, Ben, The Independent (London, England)
TWO OF the biggest teaching unions are finalising bids to run one of the Government's experimental education action zones, the National Union of Teachers revealed last night.
The NUT is in "the advanced stages" of talks with a local authority to become a partner in a bid, and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers confirmed it would enter the bidding for the next 15 zones.
The NUT plans an action zone covering the Blackbird Leys housing estate in Oxford, the scene of riots in 1991 and 1992. Oxfordshire's chief education officer, Graham Badman, said the proposed zone would cover a secondary school and 20 first, middle and special schools in Oxford. The bid, the first by a teachers' union, will be hugely controversial. Rank and file union members have expressed hostility to the zones, launched by the Government last year to test radical reform of schools. Teachers have opposed proposals for extending the school day and the academic year, as well as the zones' power to impose new pay deals. This month Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the NUT, attacked the Prime Minister's offer of pounds 20,000 grants to attract parents …
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Publication information: Article title: Unions Bid to Run Education Action Zones. Contributors: Russell, Ben - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: January 29, 1999. Page number: 12. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.