Posts Tagged ‘Lambeth 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

Let us know you’re coming on facebook
Download publicity here

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

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.

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

Proposals were recently announced to turn most of the existing Lambeth College in Brixton site to a free school. Lambeth NUT, Lambeth UNISON and Lambeth UCU oppose this and have called a public meeting to launch the campaign

Public Meeting – Does Brixton Need a Free School
Wednesday 5th February, 6:30pm
Karibu Education Centre, Gresham Road, SW9 7PH

Lambeth SOS urges all our supporters to attend You can download publicity here

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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.

20th November poster
Lots of people will be protesting outside the full council meeting this Wednesday:

We’re having a united protest outside the Town Hall from 6pm on Wednesday 20th November

Many people will be meeting outside Lambeth College on Brixton Hill from 5pm to march to Lambeth Town Hall

Please come, and please bring all your friends.

20th November poster
The is a full council meeting of Lambeth Council on Wednesday 20th November and two campaigns Lambeth SOS supports a holding a joint lobby

Lobby – Save Brixton From Property Developers
No Bedroom Tax Evictions, Save Lambeth College in Brixton, Build More Council Housing
Wednesay 20th November 5:30pm – 7pm
Lambeth Town Hall

We need to make sure people know about it over the coming week. We’re doing the following to publicise it

  • Postering Streatham shops – Wednesday 13th November – 6:30pm – Meet at the Telford Avenue Bus Garage on Streatham Hill
  • Postering South Lambeth Road shops – Time TBC
  • Stall – Friday 15th November – 12noon – Outside the Barrier Block on Somerlyton Road
  • Stall – Saturday 16th November – 12 noon – Streatham High Road (opposite Odeon, outside Sainsburys)

If you can help out with any of these please contact us, and include your phone number in the email (please don’t just turn up as they may be changed at short notice)

Soft copy publicity is available here. If you want hard copy publicity please contact us

Please tell everyone you know about the 20th November lobby. We need it to be big if we are to convince the council that everyone deserves a decent home and a decent education

The campaign to Save Lambeth College in Brixton, which Lambeth SOS supports, was featured prominently in this week’s South London Press

SLP Lambeth College

Save Lambeth College in Brixton

Posted: October 8, 2013 by rabidleftwinger in Uncategorized

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Lambeth College management have announced plans to sell the Brixton site of Lambeth College to property developers. We need a campaign to stop this and save education in Brixton.

There’s a public meeting on Monday to launch the campaign and discuss the next steps:

Public Meeting – Save Lambeth College in Brixton
Monday 14th October, 6pm – 8pm
Lambeth Town Hall

All welcome

You can download publicity here