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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…

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools in Hackney were approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Thursday, creating over 260 extra school spaces in the borough. The schools which will open in September next year are Hackney New Primary School, Dalston Free Primary School and secondary school Hackney Wick Academy. Free schools…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Qualification regulator Ofqual has placed a ban on schools redacting exam papers for religious reasons following criticism of a Jewish secondary school in Hackney. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School blacked out questions on evolution on 52 papers in GCSE science exams last summer, making it impossible for the pupils to answer the questions so…

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

A number of schools across the East London Lines boroughs will be closed today, as teachers support a nation-wide strike in reaction to a bitter row over pay and working conditions. The one-day walkout has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), despite the Department for Education (DfE) warning that…

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

Vox pop: Will you be affected by the teachers’ strike?

In a response to an “excessive workload, unfair pay and changes to pensions”, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will be taking industrial action by going on strike this Wednesday. EastLondonLines took to the streets in New Cross, asking local parents how and if they will be affected.    Claire…

Lewisham’s “inspiring young people” receive awards

Lewisham’s “inspiring young people” receive awards

Students from 14 secondary schools across Lewisham have been honoured for working hard towards their exams and excelling under exceptional circumstances. An award ceremony organised by the Lewisham-based Jack Petchey children’s Foundation took place at The Albany Theatre, Deptford, on Wednesday. The event celebrated 81 award winners, who received medallions,…

Proposed cuts of £300,000 will halve school truancy team

Proposed cuts of £300,000 will halve school truancy team

Lewisham council are proposing a £300,000 cut to the borough’s school truancy team, nearly halving the group in size. The service, which helps approximately 4,000 pupils annually, has already been slashed by £200,000. Further cuts will see the team cut from 22 people to 12. Trade union Unite have warned…

Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

More than 60 per cent of pupils in Hackney’s secondary schools have achieved five or more A-star to C grades in their 2013 GCSE exams, placing them above the national average. In figures issued by Hackney Council and Hackney Learning Trust, Hackney schools performed above the national average of 60.6…

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