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Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

Hackney pupils’ GCSE results exceed national average

More than 60 per cent of pupils in Hackney’s secondary schools have achieved five or more A-star to C grades in their 2013 GCSE exams, placing them above the national average. In figures issued by Hackney Council and Hackney Learning Trust, Hackney schools performed above the national average of 60.6…

League tables show marked improvement in GCSE results

League tables show marked improvement in GCSE results

GCSE results in Croydon show a rise for the tenth year in a row, according to league tables published this week. The tables show the continued success of the borough’s private and faith schools with a proportion of students leaving with at least five A* to C marks in subjects…

Goldsmiths: 300 scholarships to low income students

Goldsmiths: 300 scholarships to low income students

Goldsmiths are offering £1.4 million of financial support for new undergraduate students starting in 2014. This will include nearly 300 scholarships and bursaries which students will not have to pay back. The scholarship programme will give priority to young people from low income backgrounds who live in the local boroughs.…

Loans frozen for Romanian and Bulgarian students

Loans frozen for Romanian and Bulgarian students

Bulgarian and Romanian higher education students in East and South London face financial insecurity after the government decided to suspend all forms of support for maintenance loan applicants last month. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced at the end of November that they were going to freeze…

New school to play key role in Olympic neighbourhood

New school to play key role in Olympic neighbourhood

A new primary school is to be built in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, a venture that will add to new Olympic neighbourhood. Mossbourne Victoria Park Primary School will be located in Hackney’s East Wick, one of the five new housing villages planned for Queen Elizabeth Park. The primary school,…

School provides iPads to support autistic children

School provides iPads to support autistic children

Grasmere Primary School in Hackney will provide autistic pupils with iPads as part of a new scheme to aid their learning. As the first in London, the school is asking parents and locals to recycle their old mobile phones to fund the scheme. Mark Darrington, head teacher of Grasmere, said:…

Special educational needs staff strike over job cuts

Special educational needs staff strike over job cuts

Special educational needs teachers in Hackney are striking today, in protest against “unnecessary” job cuts. Yesterday, the teachers from Hackney Inclusion Team, who help children with special educational needs in schools across the borough, gathered outside the Hackney Learning Trust headquarters with placards and protest chants.  Representatives from the Hackney…

Support the strike: why ELL backs university staff in industrial action

Support the strike: why ELL backs university staff in industrial action

  Student journalists who produce Eastlondonlines are backing today’s national strike action by university staff in support of an increased pay offer. We believe that if we do not, universities will become undesirable places to work, some of the country’s most skilled and knowledgeable professionals will pursue careers away from…

Disappointment and concern: students’ unions threaten action against government sale of loans worth £900m

Disappointment and concern: students’ unions threaten action against government sale of loans worth £900m

Students’ unions across the EastLondonLines boroughs expressed disappointment and concern last week, as the government unveiled its decision to sell-off student loan debts worth £900m to a private company. The sale consists of unpaid loans taken out by students in the 1990s. According to government sources, the sale has netted £160m, just…

Goldsmiths hosts event to teach internet self-defence

Goldsmiths hosts event to teach internet self-defence

One of the biggest UK events against internet surveillance since the Snowden leaks will be held at Goldsmiths this weekend. CryptoFestival 2013 is inspired by the CryptoParty movement, a global initiative to introduce the public to basic ways of encrypting their online communication. A series of workshops will demonstrate how to…