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Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Council reject claims they are worst for free childcare

Tower Hamlets Council have produced a new set of figures, in response to an article in the Evening Standard which stated that the borough is the worst in terms of free early childhood care. The data released by the Department for Work and Pensions shows that Tower Hamlets is ‘average’ in relation to the…

Hi-tech companies to teach coding to schoolchildren

Hi-tech companies to teach coding to schoolchildren

Companies including Samsung and Code Club Pro have launched a competition with Hackney Council that will enable pupils aged five to eighteen to submit their ideas for a new computer game. The winner of the contest will then work with Technology Will Save Us, a technology start-up that will help…

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

School rebuild finally opened four years after huge blaze

A school in New Cross that was ravaged by fire over four years ago is finally ready to re-open. Haberdashers’ Aske’s Temple Grove School was greatly damaged by the blaze. The fire was apparently started when a gas cylinder containing propane exploded, destroying the roof and damaging the whole building.…

Schools go to “extraordinary lengths” to cope with “900,000 extra children” across UK in next decade

Schools go to “extraordinary lengths” to cope with “900,000 extra children” across UK in next decade

Schools across Croydon, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Lewisham are struggling to cope with increasing demand for places, as the number of pupils in education continues to rise. Croydon is one area under particular strain with the local authority going to “extraordinary lengths to create places”, according to cabinet member for children,…

Whitechapel Islamic education centre closed down

Whitechapel Islamic education centre closed down

An Islamic education centre in Whitechapel has closed down in what they have alleged is a “government witch-hunt targeting the Muslim community”. Tower Hamlets’ Siddeeq Academy gave part-time tuition to Muslim children educated at home. A statement on their website said that it was “with great sadness” that they must…

White British Tower Hamlets’ school children lagging behind in GCSE grades according to Ofsted

White British Tower Hamlets’ school children lagging behind in GCSE grades according to Ofsted

Ofsted have revealed that white school children’s results in Tower Hamlets are “the cause of continuing concern”. Tower Hamlets is an area in which the proportion of white British pupils achieving at least five good GCSEs, including English and Mathematics, is five percentage points lower than for white British pupils in England as a…

Interim board imposed on Sedgehill School after protest

Interim board imposed on Sedgehill School after protest

Lewisham Council have decided to replace Sedgehill School’s current governing board, despite a large protest outside the borough’s town hall last Friday night. The decision comes after Sedgehill School was said to be “underperforming” in a recent Ofsted report. An Interim Executive Board, made up of staff from the Bethnal Green Academy in…

Residents protest to save school from academy status

Residents protest to save school from academy status

A crowd of more than 100 students, teachers and parents protested outside Lewisham town hall in Catford yesterday to oppose the council’s proposal to turn Sedgehill school into an academy. The campaign to “Stop Academies In Lewisham” stepped up as petitions were handed to the council at 04:00pm. Executive director…

Schoolchildren’s innovation tested at TeenTech

Schoolchildren’s innovation tested at TeenTech

  Over 500 London schoolchildren will descend upon the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tomorrow to get a taste of the reality of careers in technology and engineering. More than 200 industry professionals will guide the attendees at the TeenTech event. TeenTech is the brainchild of BBC…

Ofsted ‘lenient’ of Jewish school say Secular groups

Ofsted ‘lenient’ of Jewish school say Secular groups

An official compaint has been made to Ofsted by secular organisations for showing “leniency” to a Jewish school in Hackney, which has a curriculum and behaviour code that strictly adhere to Orthodox Judaism. The teaching at Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School, which excludes human evolution, sexual education and the use of the internet and social media has…

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