Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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.

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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.

Actor James Norton advised young people on how to break into the TV and film industries at a careers event at Ridley Road Social Club.

Pupils at a failing Stamford Hill school are never entered for GCSEs, because its leaders “cannot censor the exam papers”.

An independent Orthodox Jewish school in Stamford Hill has failed its fifth Ofsted inspection in a row.

Petchey Academy pupils got to find out what it feels like to be sentenced to 15 years in prison when a convicted murderer came to tell them why it’s important to make the right choices in life.

A consultation has been launched into whether another school street should be implemented outside Queensbridge Primary School.

Young people from Finsbury Park and Clapton were among those to create a hard-hitting short film about knife crime that premiered this week.

Hundreds of kids from east London primary schools got together to build a model bridge at Olympic Park last month.

Ofsted inspectors have been given the go-ahead to use body-worn video cameras during inspections of suspected illegal schools.

Parents have launched a petition against Hackney Council’s plans to build a block of flats in their kids’ school playground.

Hackney Council held an award and graduation ceremony to mark National Apprenticeship Week and the contribution made by the 134 apprentices it employs.

Catering students from New City College have won a trip to Milan after coming up with a special three-course Indonesian-inspired meal.

Parents and carers are “heartbroken after being told a much-loved children’s centre in Lower Clapton will stop its daycare services.

Jone da Cruz thinks more young people in Hackney could benefit from learning on the job like he did. He’s worked his way up from apprentice to site manager of a block in Chobham manor - the first of five neighbourhoods being built at Straftford’s Olympic Park.

So-called ‘unregistered educational settings’ in Hackney, the vast majority of which are Jewish faith academies or yeshivas, have been “put on notice” by safeguarding bosses over child safety.

A teenager from Hackney New School has won a £44,000 scholarship to study in the sixth form of a top independent school.

An Orthodox Jewish faith school where youngsters aren’t learning the basics of how to speak, read or write English is providing a “poor standard of education in secular subjects”, according to Ofsted inspectors.

Shouts of “shame” were heard in the council chamber as mayor Phil Glanville read out homophobic words written by a Conservative councillor singling him out for his sexual orientation.

Hackney Conservatives are investigating after a Stamford Hill councillor said unregistered Jewish faith schools don’t need Ofsted “giving children ideas” of homosexuality or atheism.

Hackney Council’s ninth school street scheme has launched outside William Patten Primary School – but some parents have complained it won’t do enough to combat air pollution there.

Children attending unregistered Jewish faith schools will continue to be exposed to an “unacceptable” lack of safeguarding until the government changes the definition of a school, say frustrated council bosses.

New City College has launched a new gym in Hoxton to give its students the chance to gain commercial experience in the fitness industry.


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