Chapter 9 about Poundswick Graffiti in 1985 now online
An incident in 1985 of graffiti by a group of pupils and ex-pupils at Poundswick High School, in Wythenshawe, triggered a series of events leading to strike action in schools throughout Manchester. The school at the centre of these events was closed for a whole year and the pupils in the critical exam years lost a vital period of their education. The issue challenged the Left administration of Manchester City Council being on the opposite side of the negotiation table than they were used to, and left scars on the Education Committee councillors for many years. Read the full account in chapter 9.
The editing of this chapter has involved adding sub-headings, minor typographical and layout amendments. I have struggled to understand why this incident has been given a chapter of its own and why it is in the section ‘Putting Policies into Practice’. I see that it was a matter of considerable time and effort and stress and has merit to be included because of the very matter of the Left being the employer and being on the other side of strike action. I wonder if it was of greater significance to Kath because of her Education interest. With my 2016 viewpoint, I can’t help agreeing with the quote from Ed Glinert that the Headteacher should have made the offenders wash the graffiti off and that would have been the end of it. Clearly there were other forces at play.
The images used in the post are not covered by the Creative Commons licence and are all copyright to Bernard Young. They are of graffiti around Manchester, but not of the actual graffiti referred to in the chapter.
- Chapter 9 – Poundswick: 1985 City-wide Teacher’s Strike Provoked by Graffiti
- Poundswick High School (Hansard 18 December 1985) http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1985/dec/18/poundswick-high-school
- Poundswick Grammar School on Wikipedia
- ‘School Pay Strikes Then and Now’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7367471.stm