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Schools and job centres closed as teachers and public sector workers go on strike over pensions

Schools and job centres closed as teachers and public sector workers go on strike over pensions

Dozens of schools and many public sector offices including job centres across the East London Lines boroughs were closed or severely disrupted today as thousands of teachers and civil servants go on strike in a dispute with the Government over pensions.…

A Privatiser’s Charter: the Government’s Universities White paper

A Privatiser’s Charter: the Government’s Universities White paper

Dr.Des Freedman and Dr.Natalie Fenton of Goldsmiths, University of London, Media and Communications Department, discuss the future of British universities.   This week’s White Paper on Higher Education threatens the biggest shake up of university education in a generation. Its mission is to try and manage the mess that the…

Parents oppose Victoria Park ‘free school’ plan

Parents oppose Victoria Park ‘free school’ plan

Parents  who are campaigning for a new secondary school in the Victoria Park area of Hackney have voiced their opposition  to  suggestions that a ‘free school’ could be established in the locality.…

‘Starbucks in libraries’ fear as council plans sale

‘Starbucks in libraries’ fear as council plans sale

Croydon libraries could be sold to American company, Library Systems Services Inc which sets up libraries and offers space in them to Starbucks. The new move was revealed in a Sunday Express article which suggested that LSSI could: “Snap up 15 per cent of the market in the next five…

Goldsmiths’ nursery saved by students union

Goldsmiths’ nursery saved by students union

There was welcome news this week for staff and student parents at Goldsmiths as it was announced that the college nursery is to be rescued by a Student Union take-over.…

Quest Academy: strike over redundancies

Quest Academy: strike over redundancies

Three teaching assistants and two teachers at Quest Academy, previously Selsdon High School, have been made redundant with only one month’s notice. On Thursday staff voted overwhelmingly in support of strike action which could start the week after next. …

Standard is challenged over literacy figures

Standard is challenged over literacy figures

Croydon was named the worst borough in London for literacy in an Evening Standard reading campaign this week. The Council however refutes their figures.…

‘Paid’ volunteering scheme on trial

‘Paid’ volunteering scheme on trial

Lewisham will be the only London borough trialling a two-year scheme ‘paying’ people to volunteer…

Perlin presents ‘Intern Nation’ in Hackney

Perlin presents ‘Intern Nation’ in Hackney

Every student is familiar with it: the internship or – on a smaller scale – the ‘work experience’.…

Kerr restrospective at MOC

Kerr restrospective at MOC

The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is following the tiger, the cat and the pink rabbit by showing a retrospective of the work of Judith Kerr.…