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Red pens at the ready ... we can learn from the French revolution

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The list of complaints from teachers in France mirrors almost exactly that of school staff in England: poor pay, heavy workload, job cuts, lack of resources, the relatively low status of the profession and government reforms. Unions are working to improve things, but, campaigners say, nothing ever seems to change.

It is perhaps no surprise then that a new protest movement is emerging from French classrooms.

Inspired by the widespread national gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests demanding concessions from government on a range of issues, thousands of teachers are signing up to become part of ...

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