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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”…

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

University strike action across East London – the view from the pickets at Goldsmiths QMU and London Met

Universities in East London were affected by strike action today as both staff and students took part in a walk-out in a dispute about pay. East London Lines reported on the strike plans earlier this week. The nation-wide walkout was organised by the lecturers union (UCU), and unions representing support…

Universities to close as staff across ELL boroughs prepare for tomorrow’s UK wide strike action

Universities to close as staff across ELL boroughs prepare for tomorrow’s UK wide strike action

This Halloween, many university staff will be taking part in a UK wide day of strike action over an increasingly bitter pay row . Members of  trade unions UCU, UNISON, Unite,  working in higher education will walk out on Thursday 31 October in protest at  significant cuts in pay over…

Get a taste of music at new ‘free school’ open day

Get a taste of music at new ‘free school’ open day

One half of Chase & Status is inviting young people across the capital to attend taster days for a free music school opening next year. London’s 16-19 year olds can now register to experience one day courses at East London Arts & Music (ELAM), a new college for music and…

Hundreds of pupils sent home and schools close throughout ELL area as teachers take strike action

Hundreds of pupils sent home and schools close throughout ELL area as teachers take strike action

Reporting by Jack Simpsons, Chiara Rimella & Chris Dillon Hundreds of pupils stayed at home today as dozens of schools throughout the Eastlondonlines area closed after teachers took strike action. The two largest teacher’s unions, the NUT and the NAS/UWT, staged the industrial action against the reform of the national…

Norwood’s Harris Academy school bans slang

Norwood’s Harris Academy school bans slang

An Academy in South London has banned slang used by pupils in an effort to improve the use of the English language. Harris Academy, Upper Norwood, Croydon has banned slang such as “ain’t”, “innit” and “coz” to try to help students find future employment. If students are heard to be…

Government warns Tower Hamlets over neglected youth

Government warns Tower Hamlets over neglected youth

Skills minister Matthew Hancock has voiced concerns over hundreds of forgotten teenagers in Tower Hamlets. Following new figures released on October 10, 2013, Hancock has sent letters to 12 local authorities warning that 16 and 17 year olds that are not in education, training or employment – known as NEETs…