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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…

Superhead resigns amidst school contracts controversy

Superhead resigns amidst school contracts controversy

One of the nation’s best-known ‘super-heads,’ who oversaw five Hackney primary schools, has resigned midway through an investigation into his alleged awarding of IT contracts to his boyfriend’s company. Greg Wallace was suspended on full pay in July, after allegations that he had hired his boyfriend Tony Zangoura, a director…

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

A teacher from a Croydon primary school has explained the methods that led them to win a gold TfL award for cutting car use and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of travel Rockmount Primary, in Upper Norwood, was awarded a gold standard in TfL’s ‘Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe’ scheme…

Hackney council encourages women into manual trades

Hackney council encourages women into manual trades

Courses in Hackney designed to encourage women to get involved in the construction industry and manual trades, are set to begin at the end of the month. The “Introduction to Construction” course, that aims to increase the amount of women involved in construction and manual trades, will run its first…

Proposal for a new Free ‘Citizen School’ in Lewisham

Proposal for a new Free ‘Citizen School’ in Lewisham

A proposal for a new Free School that will offer 800 places for students in the New Cross and Deptford catchment area has been announced. The Citizen School is due to send an application to the Department for Education in January 2014, and hopes to open in September 2015. The “all-through”…