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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…

Goldsmiths renames building in honour of academic pioneer Stuart Hall: “He loved the spirit of this place”

Goldsmiths renames building in honour of academic pioneer Stuart Hall: “He loved the spirit of this place”

Leading academics from around the world gathered at Goldsmiths in Lewisham today for the renaming of a key building in honour of cultural studies pioneer Professor Stuart Hall, who died earlier this year. Catherine Hall, his widow, unveiled a plaque to rename the New Academic Building as the Professor Stuart…

SATs results at two primary schools scrapped

SATs results at two primary schools scrapped

Test results have been annulled due to maladministration at two Hackney primary schools. Inquiries at Southwold and De Beauvoir primary schools have revealed suspicious anomalies in the marking system. A source told the Hackney Gazette that answers to mental arithmetic papers had been altered. The source said: “From what I…

Rocking the boat: school accused of cherry-picking

Rocking the boat: school accused of cherry-picking

A flare for rowing could earn secondary school students admission to a prestigious state school in Hackney. Mossbourne Community Academy, which has been ranked “exceptional” by Ofsted, is offering up to 10 additional year nine places based on students’ potential to become elite rowers. Physical characteristics taken into consideration include…

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Pupils’ welfare “at serious risk” as Ofsted warns of radicalisation at seven Tower Hamlets schools

Serious concerns have today been raised about pupil safeguarding and Islamic education at seven Tower Hamlets faith schools after a series of emergency inspections in the borough. A report from Ofsted was released this morning, documenting the lack of safeguarding for children, a narrowing curriculum, lack of sufficient facilities in schools and…