Defend Education in Lewisham: Public Meeting 12th November

Lewisham has largely resisted the spread of academies and free schools that has divided education in many other boroughs – until now.

In the last few months, plans for two new ‘free schools’ have been announced in the local press. Governors at Bonus Pastor school are definitely discussing becoming an academy. But that could be just the start. The NUT understands that Governors of several other secondary schools are being asked to discuss plans to become academies too.

The National Union of Teachers is not going to stand back and see Lewisham education torn apart. They are calling a public meeting to bring together parents, staff and students to discuss why we must oppose these plans – and what we can do to defend education in Lewisham:

WEDNESDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 7pm – 9pm in ‘The Barn’ at THE GREEN MAN, 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP
Speakers from Lewisham NUT, the ‘Anti-Academies Alliance’ and the ‘Hands Off Hove Park’ Campaign who have just stopped their school becoming an Academy

When they were first introduced, some parents may have believed the politicians who claimed that academies were the answer. Now, experience confirms that breaking-up Local Authority schooling does not improve education. Instead, it creates a fragmented system where schools are run by unaccountable businesses and individuals, making things even harder for parents, students and staff.

The NUT thinks that the expansion of academies and free schools is part of a wider political agenda to privatise our public services – just like the Health Service. Lewisham residents have successfully rallied to defend our NHS. Now we are going to have to organise to defend education in Lewisham too.

Government cuts mean that Councils are getting rid of many of their services. That could include schools. Growing pupil numbers mean that there is an urgent need to open new schools. But, to force through its privatising plans, this Government says that new schools have to be academies or free schools, run independently of the Local Authority.

The NUT says that Councils should be given the power to open new community schools. They also need the funds and support to make sure that every child has a high quality education in a good local school/

Stop cuts to Lewisham Schools Attendance Service- lobby this Wednesday 18th in Catford, 5-6pm

The Schools Attendance Service in Lewisham has a vital role providing specialist support to ensure all children have the chance of full attendance at school. Despite being highly regarded and achieving excellent attendance in the borough’s primary schools (where most of the service operates), the service now faces cuts of up to 50%, with the loss of 11 staff members. These cuts will have a huge impact on Lewisham’s most vulnerable children, reducing their chances of being able to access a full education. The leaflet below describes the importance of this service and the extent of the harm cuts would cause:


A meeting to discuss the package of cuts is taking place on Wednesday 18th December at the Civic Suite (opposite Laurence House) on Catford Road, Catford, SE6 4RU. Please support Unite the Union’s campaign against these cuts by joining the lobby, which takes place from 5pm to 6pm. The campaign is also asking supporters to write to their local councillors and to send messages of support to For more information on the campaign, please see:

Save our NHS: Coaches from Lewisham, Sept 29th

A National Save our NHS March will take place on Sept 29th outside the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The Save Lewisham Hospital campaign has booked a large coach to go to Manchester for the march. There are two pick up points, 6.45am at Lewisham Station or 6.15am at General Gordon Square in Woolwich. Tickets cost between £5 and £17 depending on how much you are able to pay. Email Paul Moore, Lewisham TUC, if you’d like to purchase a ticket at

NHS sept 2013

Public Meeting: Save Lewisham Hospital! Goldsmiths, Thurs 25th April, 7pm

The campaign to Save Lewisham Hospital are hosting a public meeting on campus tomorrow.

The following information is taken from their website:

Thursday 25th April 7pm
Great Hall, Goldsmiths University, New Cross, London SE146NW

Nearest stations: New Cross and New Cross Gate (Overground and Rail)
Buses:  21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453

  • The fight to save Lewisham Hospital will be won
  • Come and find out what you can do
  • This is a fight for our hospital and the survival of the NHS

Come and hear some great speakers including:

Professor Colin Leys
John Lister
Rachel Maskell (Unite Union)
Pat Smith (Labour Party)
Louise Irvine, SLH Campaign Chair

Our campaign – We know we can win! 
Lewisham Hospital is still under threat of closure of its A+E and maternity. The magnificent passion and determination of Lewisham people in January with 25,000 marching to save our hospital and the roasting given to Mayor Boris Johnson shows Lewisham is a force tobe reckoned with. We must build on our success and carry on fighting.

Our NHS – not for sale
The threat to Lewisham Hospital is part of a wide range of attacks by this government on our rights to good local NHS services. These attacks include:
Privatisation – new laws going through parliament will enforce privatisation
£20 billion NHS budget cuts leading to hospital closures and staff cuts
Crippling Private Finance Initiative debts starving hospitals of much needed resources

What next after 20/10/12? Open meeting with Lewisham TUC

Open Trades Union Council – All welcome

Tuesday 13/11/12 7pm to 8:30pm

Venue: Lewisham College, Deptford Campus, Deptford Broadway
(nearest station Deptford Bridge DLR, 53 & 47 bus routes)

What next after 20/10/12?

Speakers: Kevin Courtney NUT Deputy General
Secretary, Terry Liddle, local historian

Further to the public meeting on 24/09/12 we agreed to call a further meeting to discuss the way forward after the TUC demonstration on 20/10/12.We have decided to open our regular Trades Union Council meeting to anyone interested in fighting the cuts. Please come along and have your say.

Please note that the college building closes at 8:45pm, so please be on time and note that the meeting start at 7:00pm will end at 8:30pm.

As always, we urge everyone to join a trade union and participate in Lewisham Trades Union Council.