Wednesday, September 23, 2020

An artisan distillery that was forced to shut down in east London when the Covid emergency began is restarting its gin school masterclasses to help people “keep their spirits up” under new 10pm curfew restrictions.

A group of international artists are teaming up with a Hackney guide to celebrate the diversity of Hackney Wick.

Former students of Hackney secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges have shared their advice to recent school leavers about finding their next steps.

Schoolchildren in Hackney and Islington whose learning has been interrupted by the pandemic have been benefiting from an intensive maths catch-up programme.

A Hoxton teacher is raising money to fill her school with books on Black history and culture.

A Hackney artist teamed up with primary school pupils to create a playground design with an important community message.

London’s Transport Commissioner explains why it is safe to go back on buses, Tubes and trains, whether you are returning to work, school or just out and about

A supermarket chain is offering business management apprenticeships to school leavers in Hackney and five other London boroughs.

The achievements of hundreds of summer school students were celebrated at a virtual event held at Olympic Park.

Pupils all around Hackney are set to find out their GCSE grades this morning (August 20).

Hackney Libraries will be reopening on a “phased basis” to manage the risk of coronavirus and protect staff and service users.

Hackney’s National Education Union (NEU) is pleased with the government’s A Level results U-turn but says the exams algorithm fiasco “should have never happened”.

The London Assembly Member representing Hackney has warned that “unconscious bias” in this year’s A Level grading system could disadvantage BAME students.

Our Lady’s Catholic High School’s head teacher has praised the maturity with which her pupils have “tackled the challenging circumstances” around their exams this year.

There were tears of joy this morning at The Urswick School as students - who for the first time ever had not even sat exams - collected their A-Level results.

Award-winning musicians and celebrities will be hosting online summer workshops as part of Olympic Park’s virtual East Summer School programme.

The end of the school year has come, but many parents and children have been left without the normal opportunity to say goodbye to the staff who have made such a big difference.

Stamford Hill Primary closed down for good at the end of the summer school term.

Demonstrators calling for youth services to be better funded by the government are holding a protest and talent showcase on the border of Islington and Hackney.

The end of the school year is drawing near, but many parents and their children will be left without the normal opportunity to say goodbye to the teachers who have made such a big difference.

A “learning community” and education charity based in Haggerston is celebrating its students with an online event.

A supported internship scheme with Hackney Council and Homerton Hospital to support young people with learning disabilities and autism into work has seen 17 young people graduate despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

More than a thousand laptops have been distributed to school children in Hackney to help them learn from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Young people interested in creative, technology and design industries can now sign up for free online courses at a summer school usually held in Stratford’s Olympic Park.

The government has extended free school meals vouchers over the summer but some Hackney teachers believe there are many families who are not eligible despite needing support.

Hackney’s councillor in charge of families, early years and play intends to write to the government every month about the funding crisis facing the Town Hall over its provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

A Homerton school has been awarded £40,000 to enhance its science and technology offering.

School Streets – where motor traffic is banned from outside schools at opening and closing times – will be introduced at almost every primary school in Hackney by September.

Architects have come up with a solution for a school to cope with getting pupils back into the classroom after lockdown.

A Stoke Newington church opened its grounds and vicarage garden to pupils at a nearby school who are using the extra space for outdoor learning, gardening and wellbeing.

A London University is offering fully funded post-graduate scholarships to people in Hackney and neighbouring boroughs.

Hackney Council is searching for more than 40 local people to join its award winning apprenticeship scheme this summer.

A Hackney primary school has set up a foodbank to support vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

A Haggerston entrepreneur is giving away free children’s books to help parents during the coronavirus lockdown.

Teachers staged a protest in Hackney against the early reopening of schools while the coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from Hackney and Haringey have been developing their literacy and filmmaking skills. They got the chance to showcase all their hard work at a red-carpet premiere before the lockdown.

Schoolchildren stuck at home during the pandemic emergency who may be behind in maths and English are being offered online tuition by an east London housing organisation to get them up to speed.

Campaigners are sounding the alarm over the impact of coronavirus on families with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Three Hackney primary schools have smashed their crowdfunding target of £10,000 to raise funds for pupils without access to remote learning.

A theatre and community organisation that lost the majority of its income overnight due to coronavirus is now hosting drama and after school clubs online to support its young people.

A Hackney nursery will remain open during the Coronavirus lockdown offering reduced childcare costs for key workers as well as a nanny service for parents needing extra help.

Since readers can’t get to their local for their pub quiz fix, we’re bringing the pub quiz to them everyday this week.

Downing Street has announced the closure of all schools in England from Friday afternoon, March 20.

A school has been criticised for banning a young Black student from attending over his fade haircut – because its “sharp contrasts” in length breached its “appearance policy”.

Hackney Council hosted an inspirational careers workshop to mark International Women’s Day.


For the past six months, employers and employees have been adapting to ways of working from home. The green light has now been given to many people to go back to offices safely. From flexible hours and staggered starting times to deep cleaning, we’re getting ready for new ways of working.

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