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East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

Students in the East End could find themselves affected by university strikes after 78% of lecturers voted for industrial action on Monday. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted for action after a row over pensions. Staff voted in favour of strikes, and action short of strikes…

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

A campaign to defend state education against free schools and academies is to be launched by Lewisham teachers next month. At the Lewisham branch of the National Union of Teachers members are concerned about the Government’s proposal to turn local schools into academies and open free schools in order to…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

Lewisham and Southwark ditch LeSoCo branding

Lewisham and Southwark ditch LeSoCo branding

The Lewisham and Southwark Colleges, who merged together in 2012, have decided to drop the name they have used for the past two years – LeSoCo. The college spent an astounding £300,000 on the branding, which they are now abandoning.  They told Design Week that the reason for this decision…

Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary school

Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary  school

A Tower Hamlets school suspected of Islamic extremism has been cleared of concerns in a no-notice Ofsted inspection on Tuesday. Marner Primary School has passed the recent inspection by Ofsted who said in today’s report: “The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.” The snap inspection occurred after government suggestions that schools…

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

From a veteran author to an ex-Wall Street banker’s first novel, the six shortlisted books selected for the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction 2014 were announced yesterday, and the race for the £10,000 prize is now on. For the second year running, Goldsmiths University of London is partnering up with the New…

East London schools chalk up top marks for GCSEs – but some ‘could do better’ as English grades fall nationally

East London schools chalk up top marks for GCSEs – but  some ‘could do better’ as English grades fall nationally

There was joy and sorrow for thousands of pupils – and their parents – across the Eastlondonlines boroughs today as the results for GCSEs were published. Most Tower Hamlets schools were on the up and Lewisham’s youngsters chalked up a bumper year with many pupils grabbing a hatful of A*…

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

  Croydon is leading the way in tackling child obesity, as one of London’s two new food flagship boroughs. The announcement made last week by Mayor Boris Johnson sees Croydon and Lambeth set to pioneer projects from the “Lighter London” programme in schools and communities. Over a five year period the scheme will educate children about…

Hackney University Technical College to close

Hackney University Technical College to close

A low student intake this year has forced the decision to close Hackney University Technical College (HUTC) just two years after it opened its gates to students. The decision comes after the failure of the school- the first of the government’s technical colleges in London – to anticipate that students…

A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A group of A-Level English students at Croydon College have taken just five days to write a 40,000 word teen thriller about blackmail and cyber-bullying. The nine students, from Croydon College, planned, drafted, edited and published Behind the Screen as part of a project aimed at promoting literacy. A-Level English…

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