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Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary school

Ofsted says no extremism in Marner primary  school

A Tower Hamlets school suspected of Islamic extremism has been cleared of concerns in a no-notice Ofsted inspection on Tuesday. Marner Primary School has passed the recent inspection by Ofsted who said in today’s report: “The school’s safeguarding arrangements meet requirements.” The snap inspection occurred after government suggestions that schools…

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

From a veteran author to an ex-Wall Street banker’s first novel, the six shortlisted books selected for the Goldsmiths Prize for fiction 2014 were announced yesterday, and the race for the £10,000 prize is now on. For the second year running, Goldsmiths University of London is partnering up with the New…

East London schools chalk up top marks for GCSEs – but some ‘could do better’ as English grades fall nationally

East London schools chalk up top marks for GCSEs – but  some ‘could do better’ as English grades fall nationally

There was joy and sorrow for thousands of pupils – and their parents – across the Eastlondonlines boroughs today as the results for GCSEs were published. Most Tower Hamlets schools were on the up and Lewisham’s youngsters chalked up a bumper year with many pupils grabbing a hatful of A*…

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

  Croydon is leading the way in tackling child obesity, as one of London’s two new food flagship boroughs. The announcement made last week by Mayor Boris Johnson sees Croydon and Lambeth set to pioneer projects from the “Lighter London” programme in schools and communities. Over a five year period the scheme will educate children about…

Hackney University Technical College to close

Hackney University Technical College to close

A low student intake this year has forced the decision to close Hackney University Technical College (HUTC) just two years after it opened its gates to students. The decision comes after the failure of the school- the first of the government’s technical colleges in London – to anticipate that students…

A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A-level students write 40,000 word book in five days

A group of A-Level English students at Croydon College have taken just five days to write a 40,000 word teen thriller about blackmail and cyber-bullying. The nine students, from Croydon College, planned, drafted, edited and published Behind the Screen as part of a project aimed at promoting literacy. A-Level English…

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools approved in Hackney

Three new free schools in Hackney were approved by Education Secretary Michael Gove on Thursday, creating over 260 extra school spaces in the borough. The schools which will open in September next year are Hackney New Primary School, Dalston Free Primary School and secondary school Hackney Wick Academy. Free schools…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Hackney school could face exams ban under new rules

Qualification regulator Ofqual has placed a ban on schools redacting exam papers for religious reasons following criticism of a Jewish secondary school in Hackney. Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School blacked out questions on evolution on 52 papers in GCSE science exams last summer, making it impossible for the pupils to answer the questions so…

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

Hundreds of schools across EastLondonLines boroughs expected to be affected by NUT teaching strike

A number of schools across the East London Lines boroughs will be closed today, as teachers support a nation-wide strike in reaction to a bitter row over pay and working conditions. The one-day walkout has been called by the National Union of Teachers (NUT), despite the Department for Education (DfE) warning that…