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Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis: the man juggling politics and family

Martin Powell-Davis is the driving force of the Stop Academies in Lewisham campaign. He is also general secretary of the Lewisham branch of the NUT and a member of its national executive. He’s a secondary school science teacher in Lewisham and will be standing as an MP for the Trade…

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

Uncertain future for families reliant on child care centres

For many parents, raising a child can be an isolating and difficult experience. A children’s Sure Start centre can provide life-changing help, offering everything from breastfeeding advice to language classes for local families. But what if this help were to diminish or come to an end? What would happen to…

Company launched to improve Croydon schools

Company launched to improve Croydon schools

Croydon Council and local schools have launched a business that aims to make the borough’s pupils among the best in London. The Octavo Partnership will provide educational psychology services and employment training to help improve teaching standards and day-to-day administration in local schools. It promises to “[Shine] a light on…

Deptford Town Hall occupying student protesters to meet with Goldsmiths management for discussions

Deptford Town Hall occupying student protesters to meet with Goldsmiths management for discussions

Student protesters occupying Deptford Town Hall in Lewisham are due to meet with Goldsmiths management for discussions today. The Goldsmiths-owned building has been under protester occupation since Thursday (March 26), and the university has now agreed to a meeting, where the demonstrators’ demands may be addressed. The original demands have…

Students slam Goldsmiths for allegedly mismanaging funds as Deptford Town Hall occupation continues

Students slam Goldsmiths for allegedly mismanaging funds as Deptford Town Hall occupation continues

The Occupy Goldsmiths movement offered a response today to a comment made by Goldsmiths Registrar and Secretary, Liz Bromley, in Goldsmiths’ student newspaper The Leopard. Bromley was quoted in an article discussing Goldsmiths’ alleged financial deficit, and that if Goldsmiths were to expand, new academic sites would need to be…

More strikes expected opposing academisation

More strikes expected opposing academisation

A second strike in three weeks will take place in four Lewisham schools on Thursday over plans to turn local schools into academies. National Union of Teachers (NUT) members at Sedgehill, Hilly Fields, Ladywell Fields and the Vale schools, all of which have been threatened with academy status, will be…

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,…

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