G8 to be here

1st July 2005 at 01:00
Bob Geldof may not succeed in persuading many teachers and pupils in England to bunk off school for two days to protest at the G8 conference at Gleneagles next week. Teachers have mostly condemned truancy, however worthy the cause. (One po-faced TES online staffroom user even complained that sending coachloads of children to Scotland would just cause extra pollution.) Tomorrow, however, should see groups from the main teacher unions converging from all corners of the United Kingdom for the G8 rally in Edinburgh. "We're not going together but we intend to march together under a joint banner saying: "Educate to End Poverty; Send My Friend to School," says Judith Rowley, past president of the ATL and leader of its group.

"We're meeting at muster points and I've got lots of mobile phone numbers," she says, intrepid to the last.

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