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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…

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Interactive documentary to support Lewisham’s youth

Trylife is a just that. It’s a way to try out life’s difficult choices without getting hurt. Working with former youth worker now film maker Paul Urwin, Lewisham council is hatching a plan to deal with the big issues facing young people. With more budget cuts imminent alongside plummeting opportunities…

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

East End students to be affected by university strikes after lecturers vote for industrial action

Students in the East End could find themselves affected by university strikes after 78% of lecturers voted for industrial action on Monday. Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have voted for action after a row over pensions. Staff voted in favour of strikes, and action short of strikes…

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

Lewisham teachers to campaign against free schools

A campaign to defend state education against free schools and academies is to be launched by Lewisham teachers next month. At the Lewisham branch of the National Union of Teachers members are concerned about the Government’s proposal to turn local schools into academies and open free schools in order to…

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Prize awarded for use of book collection to inspire students

Kayleigh Betterton, a teacher at Christ the King: Aquinas College in Lewisham, collects books by Oscar Wilde but she doesn’t lock her treasured collection in a case, she shares them with her students. Now her collection, and her generosity, has won her a prize. Betterton said: “For A-level English Literature,…

Lewisham and Southwark ditch LeSoCo branding

Lewisham and Southwark ditch LeSoCo branding

The Lewisham and Southwark Colleges, who merged together in 2012, have decided to drop the name they have used for the past two years – LeSoCo. The college spent an astounding £300,000 on the branding, which they are now abandoning.  They told Design Week that the reason for this decision…

Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary school

Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary  school

A Tower Hamlets school suspected of Islamic extremism has been cleared of concerns in a no-notice Ofsted inspection on Tuesday. Marner Primary School has passed the recent inspection by Ofsted who said in today’s report: “The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.” The snap inspection occurred after government suggestions that schools…

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

From a veteran author to an ex-Wall Street banker’s first novel, the six shortlisted books selected for the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction 2014 were announced yesterday, and the race for the £10,000 prize is now on. For the second year running, Goldsmiths University of London is partnering up with the New…