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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…

Mayor’s Education Award gives students a little help

Mayor’s Education Award gives students a little help

Young students in Tower Hamlets can now apply for a £400 grant through this year’s Mayor’s Education Award (MEA). The Mayor’s Education Award, now in its third year, aims to ensure that students stay in education after their GCSE’s, by helping with the costs of studying. The council expects to…

Elections start for Young Mayor of Lewisham

Elections start for Young Mayor of Lewisham

22 young people will be competing for the title of the Young Mayor of Lewisham this month. The Young Mayor programme, initially started by Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, has been the longest established scheme for Young Mayor since it started in 2004. The next few weeks promise a…

Graduation ceremonies begin for over a thousand students

Graduation ceremonies begin for over a thousand students

Goldsmiths University of London graduands will have their ceremonial presentations this week celebrating what is for them a critical stage in their lives. Taking place in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall in the Richard Hoggart Building at the university, the ceremonies – led by the Chair of Council…

Croydon girl runner-up in national writing competition

Croydon girl runner-up in national writing competition

  A 10-year-old girl from Purley, Croydon has beat thousands of other entrants to come runner-up in the National Young Writers Award competition. The young writer, Keirit Dosanj, entered The National Young Writer’s Award with the rest of her class from St David’s school in Purley. The competition is for children…

Lewisham is awarded lottery funding for children’s services

Lewisham is awarded lottery funding for children’s services

  Lewisham is one of the 15 areas in England to be awarded part of £5m in lottery funding to improve the lives of young children and tackle poverty, the Big Lotter Fund announced on Wednesday. The Big Lottery Cash Fund will be used to develop ideas aimed at improving…