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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…

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

“Education for the masses, not money for the bosses” Protest against education cuts draws thousands

Thousands of students, including many from East London, protested against tuition fees, cuts and debt in education in a march through the capital that culminated in nearly a dozen arrests. 11 protestors had been arrested by the end of the day, all are still in police custody awaiting questioning. Currently no protestor…

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Campaign to save borough’s school from academy status

Teachers and parents last week united to campaign in order to prevent Lewisham’s state schools becoming academies. “Stop Academies in Lewisham” was launched following a public meeting in Catford, taking inspiration from Hove Park School in East Sussex, which defended itself from academy status earlier this year. On November 17…

CofE school faces criticism in Ofsted extremist report

CofE school faces criticism in Ofsted extremist report

A Church of England school has been accused of failing to safeguard children from extremism in a leaked Ofsted report, after concerns were raised about a sixth form Islamic society Facebook page. The report was leaked to The Independent this morning and will be released by Ofsted tomorrow morning at…

The day’s events: Students and activists take to the streets of the capital demanding free education

The day’s events: Students and activists take to the streets of the capital demanding free education

Thousands of students marched today in support of free higher education and an end to austerity cuts.  Around 5000 students joined the protest organised by The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, The Student Assembly Against Austerity and The Young Greens.   Clashes have been filmed between police and protesters.  16:49 It look’s as…

Grinling Gibbons is ranked top state primary in England

Grinling Gibbons is ranked top state primary in England

A Deptford primary school has been rated the number one state primary in England by The Sunday Times. The newspaper named the inner city primary school Grinling Gibbons as the highest ranking of any state school since the survey began 22 years ago. At Grinling Gibbons 40.5 per cent of students receive free…