Prominent speakers to give talks at Dulwich College during Black History Month

One of London’s oldest schools will be marking Black History Month with a string of talks by community leaders and pioneers. Dulwich College will be ‘Adding to History’ with talks and academic events with guest speakers including Mani Arthur, founder of the Black Cyclists Network, South London grime artist Afrikan Boy, and opera singer Rodney Earl Clarke. 


St Matthew Academy in Blackheath nominated for award for quality of teaching

A school has been shortlisted for a top award for the quality of its teaching. St Matthew Academy in St Joseph’s Vale, Blackheath, is in the running for the English teacher or team of the year award.


Goldsmith College students turn art installation – consisting of 29 tonnes of carrots – into cupcakes in protest over “food waste”

Four students of Goldsmiths College, in New Cross, have banded together to protest against food waste in an art installation – by making it into cupcakes.


Kitchen assistant on road to her dream of becoming a hotel manager

A kitchen assistant has reached a landmark in her ambition to one day study at university and become a hotel manager – by getting two crucial qualifications. Ugandan-born Aida Nakabugo, 56, from Woolwich, decided two years ago to take her GCSE maths and English exams – and has now bagged passes in both subjects by studying at London South East Colleges’ Greenwich Campus.


Number of London schools with illegally toxic air drops 95 per cent in four years

The number of London schools with illegally toxic air has dropped dramatically since 2016 – down 95 per cent in four years. More than two million Londoners lived in areas over the legal limit for air pollution four years ago, but that figure is down 94 per cent to 119,000 people.


Lewisham youth panel to advise police has met for the first time

The first youth panel in Lewisham to advise police on issues that matter to their peers has met for the first time. The Met’s first south east Independent Youth Advisory Group (YIAG) panel met including young people from Greenwich, Lewisham, and Bexley boroughs on Monday, 28 September to advise local officers about policing and social issues.


Most popular primary schools in Croydon revealed

A Purley primary school is the toughest in England to get a place at. Figures from the Department for Education show that just 26 per cent of parents who put Beaumont Primary School as their first choice secured a place for this September.


St Dunstan’s College revamp reaches landmark moment

A 132-year-old school’s biggest revamp in its history has reached a landmark stage after being delayed by lockdown. St Dunstan’s College celebrated the topping out ceremony for its new buildings on Friday.


London South East Colleges launches food bank fundraiser

A network of college campuses has relaunched its food bank fundraiser in the run-up to Christmas.


Project which provided children with devices during lockdown wins award

A project which gathered more than 370 devices for pupils in 45 schools has won an award. Power to Connect launched in April to support families self-isolating during lockdown, and has won the ‘Community Impact’ category at the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards. 


Coronavirus cases at Wandsworth schools “very, very low at the moment”

There are currently two positive cases of coronavirus across Wandsworth’s schools, it was revealed at Thursday night’s education committee meeting. Lisa Fenaroli, assistant director for education, told councillors that positive cases in schools “are very, very low at the moment”.


Croydon teacher fears for education of school children from deprived families during coronavirus outbreak

By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Reporter Teachers fear children from deprived families are already falling behind with their online learning


Kids will be sent home from school on “daily, if not weekly basis” with coronavirus symptoms, says Hammersmith and Fulham council’s education chief

By Julia Gregory, Local Democracy Reporter
It is likely to become normal to have a handful of pupils sent home after testing positive for coronavirus, according to a west London council’s education head. Jan Parnell said one Year 10 child and three primary school pupils had recently tested positive at Hammersmith and Fulham schools.

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