Helen, a Lewisham school rep, rang me this afternoon to update me on support in her school for the strike in London and elsewhere on October 17.
One colleague (under management pressure) had told her on Friday that she had joined the ATL instead of striking. Helen asked her how a History Teacher of all people could think we had ever made the gains that we are trying to protect without struggle?
The colleague came to see her this week - "I thought about what you said. I've rejoined and I'll be on strike on Thursday."
Those kind of discussions and debates are going on in schools across London. The message that is coming home to me, and being reported by other Local Secretaries too, is that more and more teachers are concluding, like the History Teacher above, that they'll be on strike to protect education and to stop Gove's attacks.