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Thanks to all who attended the Save Brixton College protest. Over one hundred people attended and we got a write up almost immediately on the Brixton Blog and in the Brixton Buzz. The coverage in the South London Press took longer coming, but they did cover the demonstration in the paper that came out of Friday 4th April.

SLP on college

Lambeth SOS often gets publicity in the local press after our demos, but Stop Education Attacks have done even better and get publicity before this Thursday’s demo

  • There’s an article in the Brixton Blog
  • This advert has been running on Vibes FM, MetroLove Radio, OnTop, Lightning FM and London Hott Radio

So the demo should be big. Please come, and please bring your friends

Demonstrate – Brixton Needs a College not a Free School
Thursday 27th March, 5pm to 7pm
Outside Lambeth College on Brixton Hill

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Download publicity here

Save Lambeth College – Demonstration this Thursday

Posted: March 23, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Lambeth College

27 Mar protest poster

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Please come, and please tell everyone you know

Local unions have organised a protest next Thursday against the proposed closure of Lambeth College in Brixton

27 Mar protest poster

Between now and then we need to do lots of work to advertise it. The following has been organised

  • Thursday 20th March – 12noon – Leafleting outside Lambeth College on Brixton Hill. Organised by Unite Community
  • Friday 21st March – 12noon – Leafleting outside Lambeth College in Brixton. Organised by Unite Community
  • Saturday 22nd March – 11am – Stall outside Brixton tube
  • Sunday 23rd March – Leafletting outside churches. Times to be confirmed, please check this space for details.

If you want to organise your own publicity you can download publicity here. Please contact us to let us know what you’re doing and we may be able to get other people to help

The government have announced plans to massively downsize Brixton College and replace it with one or more free schools. Local unions have called a protest on Thursday 27th to oppose these plans

27 Mar protest poster

Please help get the word out:

  • Share this page on facebook or twitter, let others know about the event
  • Download leaflets or posters and distribute them round your friends and neighbours
  • Come to the stall on Saturday 15th, 11am, outside Brixton tube to help spread the word
  • Have you got any other ideas for publicity, if so please contact us

The government has announced plans to close most of Lambeth College in Brixton and replace it with one or more free schools. Lambeth SOS has been proud to support the campaign to Save Lambeth College in Brixton from the start. Our campaign has ranged from mass protests to letters to the South London Press, and we need help with the next stage of the campaign

  • Thursday 13 March 9am – Lobby – Clapham Centre of Lambeth College, 45 Clapham Common SouthSide, SW4 9BL. Join the staff lobby of the college management over the imposition of new contracts and worse conditions including loss of 10 days holiday, longer working hours and extra workload for no pay
  • Thursday 27th March 5pm to 7pm – Protest, surround Lambeth College – Brixton Centre of Lambeth College, 56 Brixton Hill, SW2 1QS. Join the protest against the Brixton sell-off and the Free School. Meet outside the Brixton Centre for a demonstration by staff, students and community linking hands around college.
  • These protests are coordinated by Stop Education Attacks. We don’t advertise their meetings on this website to save space, but if you’d like details please contact them or contact us

    We’ve got a letter in this week’s South London Press

    SLP letter

    Obviously this letter is only one part of a much bigger campaign. Please also sign the petition to Save Lambeth College in Brixton and come to Lambeth NUT‘s Education Question Time this Thursday.

    South London Education Question Time

    Posted: February 24, 2014 by lambethsaveourservices in Lambeth College, Uncategorized

    South London Education Question Time
    Thursday 27th February 7pm – 9pm
    Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH

    Book free tickets here
    Let us know you’re coming on facebook
    Organised by Lambeth NUT

    Why are teachers striking? Is OFSTED a political tool? Do we need SATs? Why is there a shortage of school places? Are standards falling in our schools? Can free schools solve the school places crisis

    Come and hear the debate with the following panel:

    • Lib Peck – Leader of Lambeth Council
    • Professor Gus John – Institute of Education
    • David Wolfe – Barrister at Matrix Chambers
    • Jenny Landreth – writer and local parent
    • Jess Edwards – teacher and coordinator of the Primary Charter

    You can download publicity here

    There’s currently a proposal to build a free school with a catholic ethos on the site currently occupied by Lambeth College in Brixton. There’s a consultation meeting this Wednesday on whether or not this is a good idea. Lambeth NUT and Save Lambeth College in Brixton are encouraging everyone to go to argue it is a bad idea. Lambeth SOS supports this campaign.

    Consultation Meeting – Do we need a Free School
    Wednesday 12th February, 7pm – 9pm
    Lambeth College Clapham Site, 45 Clapham Common South Side, London, UK SW4 9BL

    (there’s another consultation at the same date and venue from 5-7pm for people who prefer an earlier time)

    There’s no particular plan for the evening, but if you want some inspiration on why free schools are bad some thoughts are below

    Free Schools are independent schools with state funding. Any “suitable sponsor” can apply to the Secretary of State for Education for approval to open a free school including private businesses, academy chains, parents, teachers, other schools, universities and faith groups. Free schools do not need local authority support to open and, despite the shortage of primary places in many parts of the country, many secondary free schools have been approved to open in areas with surplus places.

    Free Schools Can:

    • Set their own pay and conditions for staff
    • Employ teachers without qualified teacher status
    • Determine their own admissions arrangements
    • Decide upon their own curriculum
    • Set the length of terms and school days
    • Operate independently of the local authority and outside the local family of schools

    Trinity Academy is particularly bad. There is not a need for a new secondary school in Brixton, if one opens it will have a negative effect on secondary education across the borough. The chair of governors is a nasty right winger called Dennis Sewell. In the Spectator he has argued that punishing the rich hurts everyone and written an article on Michael Gove vs the Blob

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    Staff and students at Lambeth College were shocked by the announcement last week that the college is to lose 70% of its Brixton Centre campus.

    Since the college management announced last July that they intended to sell off all or part of the centre to private developers, Lambeth College UCU and Unison, have led a community campaign to stop the sale and to keep and expand the provision of further education in Brixton. Staff, students and campaigners are upset and angry at this recent development in the college’s plans, which will see a reduction in the Brixton centre from 6000 to 2000 sq feet, with a loss of two thirds of the current number of classrooms, as the site is sold to the government Department of Education (DfE).

    Unions disagree that this massive reduction of the Brixton Centre campus is  “really good news for the College and the community” as has been presented by the college management in its communication to staff. With 1.2 million young people in Britain out of work and over 60% of young black men unemployed, we believe that it is Further Education provision is essential and must not be reduced. The Brixton Centre provides vital educational opportunities for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties, for young people who need to re-engage with education, and for migrants and those with English as a 2nd language (ESOL) who need to learn English to improve their lives.

    There has not been consultation with the staff or students in the areas affected by the reduction as to what will happen to the students and the courses in those areas and the college has also said that it cannot  rule out staff redundancies. Furthermore, there are many concerns about the decision by the DfE to open a new free school on the campus premises.

    The  campaign collected over 1000 signatures and organised a successful demonstration and lobby of Lambeth Council on November 20 where the petition was presented to the council meeting. Staff from the college met with local MPs including Chuka Ummuna and Tessa Jowell to raise their concerns and ask for support in protecting and expanding the college’s provision at the Brixton Centre.

    We are very disappointed that the college has decided to press on with its plans to sell 70% of the Brixton Centre campus and will continue to campaign alongside college students and the local and wider communities to stop this attack on local further education in Lambeth and to save and expand the provision at the Brixton Centre campus.