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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.