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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…

“Fees have failed”: student demonstrators take to the streets to fight the “trebling and trebling” of tuition fees

“Fees have failed”: student demonstrators take to the streets to fight the “trebling and trebling” of tuition fees

Thousands of students will march in London tomorrow protesting against fees, cuts and debts in UK education. The march, organised by The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts, The Young Greens and The Students Assembly Against Austerity, will congregate in Malet Street, Bloomsbury and proceed to Whitehall and Parliament Square.…

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London’s leading businesses offer young offenders a second chance with work experience opportunities

East London youth offenders are to be offered work experience in top businesses as part of a government initiative to reduce reoffending. Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon are among the 29 local authority areas included in the programme. The “Transforming Youth Custody” scheme, launched on Monday, was developed through a collaboration…

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

Inquest into primary school’s care after child dies

A Hackney mother is demanding answers after her son, who was born with a hole in his heart, died in the care of his primary school. Lorna Williams was called to Berger Primary School on October 23 with reports that nine-year-old Rasharn Williams was having a “panic attack” due to…

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six secondary schools under threat from privatisation

Six more schools in Lewisham are due to be turned into academies, a meeting of the local National Union of Teachers last night was told. The meeting was organised to set in motion a campaign to defend Lewisham’s primary and secondary schools from privatisation. Rob Johnson, a driving force of the…

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

After three rejections, teacher sets up independent school

A teacher who had three proposals for a free school rejected by the Department for Education last year has acquired premises for an independent, fee paying school. Kay Johnston, a literacy and special education needs teacher decided there was “too much politics” with free schools. The independent school will focus…

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Lives not Knives founder has big plans for the future

Last year she was named “Young Star” at The Women of the Future Awards. Since then she has climbed Mount Snowdon, been listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2014 and spent another year developing her widely renowned organisation, Lives Not Knives. At 21 years old, Eliza Rebeiro has…

Teachers vote to strike despite new Ofsted report

Teachers vote to strike despite new Ofsted report

Teachers in Lewisham have voted for further strike action despite the release of a report from education secretary, Nicky Morgan that was sympathetic to teacher’s workloads. The document aimed to “dispel myths” about teaching requirements. It clarified that teachers don’t have to submit lesson plans, self-evaluations or “excessive collections” of pupils’ work to Ofsted…