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Unions oppose cuts-induced college merger plan

Unions oppose cuts-induced college merger plan

Lewisham College could be merged with Lambeth College in response to government cuts to further education funding. In the face of union opposition, the boards of governors from both colleges, have agreed to commission a formal review, which will begin in January 2011, to consider joining the institutions.…

Review of primary schools despite largest improvements in country

Review of primary schools despite largest improvements in country

A review has been called to investigate why school children in Hackney are still performing below the national average despite significant improvements over the last five years. Hackney’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission will begin the review in the New Year to find out whether the borough’s primary schools can…

Students given timely boost for university future

Students given timely boost for university future

Three students in a sixth form in Tower Hamlets will receive a scholarship to help them go to university outside London every year.…

Going, going, gone-not funding but pupils’ art

Going, going, gone-not funding but pupils’ art

A local school has raised over £8000 through an art auction, featuring the work of students overcoming social and behavioural difficulties.…

Ken Livingstone blasts government “liars”, as Hackney school rallies to save EMA

Ken Livingstone blasts government “liars”, as Hackney school rallies to save EMA

Ken Livingstone denounced the government as “liars”, at a student rally in support of the Education Maintenance Allowance [EMA] at BSix college in Hackney today. The former Mayor made a short but strong speech, in which he said: “These people have told more lies than any party in my life…

What can we learn from Chile’s student demonstrations

What can we learn from Chile’s student demonstrations

They called it the “penguins’ revolution” because of the similarity between the navy and white Chilean school uniform and the birds. It was the biggest social movement since Chile returned to democratic control in 1989 and was led by hundreds of thousands of teenagers who didn’t have the right to…

School seeks academy status despite protests

School seeks academy status despite protests

Governors at a Lewisham school have decided to apply for academy status, despite fierce opposition from parents. Parents of Tidemill primary school in Deptford are examining ways of a legal challenge to the decision – taken late at a meeting of the school governors on Thursday night – claiming that…

Tony Benn: Unions and young people should fight “brutally unfair” cuts together

Tony Benn: Unions and young people should fight “brutally unfair” cuts together

Tony Benn has called for solidarity between young people and the unions in the fight against cuts to higher education and public funding.…

Local school children caught in police kettling manoeuvre

Local school children caught in police kettling manoeuvre

Yesterday’s march in London attracted a much younger crowd as pupils protested against the government’s plan to remove Education Maintenance Allowance, raise tuition fees and cut higher education funding.…

Gallery: Photos from the ‘Carnival of Resistance’

Gallery: Photos from the ‘Carnival of Resistance’

East London Lines reported yesterday’s Carnival of Resistance protests from inside the Police ‘kettle’ on Parliament Street. Reporters Seb Wheeler, Padraig Moran and Germaine Arnold photographed the event and here are a selection of their best images. Click here to see our live coverage of the event from yesterday.…