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“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…

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…