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Academy heads' salaries to be scrutinised

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Academy headteachers are set to have their salaries reviewed, after it was revealed that one executive head had been awarded a 56 per cent pay rise last year.

Sir Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy in Stockwell, saw his wage packet increase to a total of £229,138 in 2013, according to the National Audit Office.

The academy's trust says the pay increase was justified as Sir Greg's role in the school included leadership of the primary school, early years centre and middle school. Durand Academy has previously been praised by ministers.

The NAO report states that the Education Funding Agency is planning to "undertake a review of academy heads' salaries" but the scope of the review had not yet been finalised.

Barnet Council backs plan to save Moss Hall Nursery

After a long campaign, Moss Hall Nursery has been saved from potentially devastating cuts to its budget.

In simple terms we did it, we got the council to accept the proposal, but we don't want to be doing it again so we need to ensure that we secure the core funding for future generations.

I myself cannot quite believe what we have achieved, I feel somewhat in a dream like status that in a moment I will awaken to a different verdict, I'm sure it will sink in soon! Many thought it would be impossible but you did it!

– Nikki Roberts, Save Moss Hall Nursery

You can watch the meeting in full below.

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Apprenticeship numbers drop

The number of Londeners starting apprenticeships has fallen for the second year in a a row.

According to figures by London Assembly Labour, the city now has the second lowest apprenticeship rate in the UK, with just over 38,000 trades started in the past year.

More Barnet nurseries join protest against budget cuts

Three more nurseries have joined in the protest against Barnet council's plans for budget cuts.

Barnet Unison, which represents St Margret's, Hampden Way and Brook Hill, are opposing the council's proposals that the three nurseries should merge to save money.

They have followed in the footsteps of Moss Hall Nursery School and launched their own petition online.

Moss Hall campaigners have continued to gain support with their petition now standing at over 2,400 signatures.

A council meeting is due to be held on October 28 at 7pm to decide plans for the future.

Barnet Council say they can't afford financial support to nursery

Barnet Council have said they are having to make cuts to Moss Hall Nursery because they can no longer afford the extra money it was receiving. The council says the subsidy was paid for because it had some spare subsidy left over from the Dedicated Schools Grant which will not available from next year. It says Moss Hall is one of four nursery schools who face cuts.

The four nursery schools offer an excellent service to parents and children in the borough but have received a one-off subsidy of £890,000 a year for the last two years over and above the income generated from ‘free entitlement’ places. This is 70% more than is paid to other Early Years providers. We can’t continue to provide that level of support indefinitely and three of the schools have proposed coming together, to achieve management efficiencies and grow services in order to be able to manage without any subsidy after two years. Unfortunately the proposals form Moss Hall Nursery School would require an ongoing subsidy and this would mean the school would be managed with a disproportionate amount of the funding available to support nursery children across the borough.

– Barnet Council

Petition to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts

A petition has been launched to 'save' a nursery in Barnet from budget cuts.

Barnet Council officers have proposed to cut Moss Hall Nursery's budget in half and no longer pay for staff.

Campaigners are petitioning against proposed budget cuts at Moss Hall Nursery. Credit: NikkiRoberts/change.org

On a petitioning website, Nikki Roberts wrote:

The planned cuts to Moss Hall Nursery will cause irreparable damage to an outstanding community nursery school.

With the inevitable loss of staff from these cuts, this wonderful nursery will suffer and no longer be able to provide the standard of education and support to parents and the community it now does.

Once the drastic proposals are put in place the damage will be irreversible.

– Nikki Roberts

So far, almost 2,000 people have signed the petition. The campaigners have produced a video to make their case:

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PM planning to send daughter to a state school in London

David Cameron is planning to send his oldest daughter to a state school. Credit: PA

David Cameron has said he and his wife Samantha are looking to send their 10 year-old daughter Nancy to a state school in London next September. If so, it will be the first time that a Conservative Prime Minister has sent a child to a state secondary school - assuming his party is still in power after the next General Election.

Mr Cameron, who was educated at Eton, told Good Housekeeping magazine they had looked at three or four schools in London and Nancy would have a "very large say" in the decision.

Charity aims to make London a region of lifesavers

The British Heart Foundation is launching a new campaign to get more people trained in lifesaving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It's warning a lack of skills in the capital could cost lives and is urging schools, community griups and businesses to offer training,

British Heart Foundation launches new CPR campaign Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The report found that in London:

· 73% of people would not feel confident performing CPR on a family member or loved one6

· 48% would be deterred by the 'fear of causing more harm than good'

· 82% of people would not be confident performing CPR on a stranger

· 56% admit that most people in Britain would look for someone else to take the lead if they were to witness a medical emergency

BHF wants CPR to be mandatory part of school curriculum Credit: PA

The charity says that in countries where CPR is taught to all young people at school, survival rates are as high as 25%. If this was achieved in the UK it could save around 5,000 additional lives a year.

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: "Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don't have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

"These figures show how crucial it is that people are taught CPR so they know how to respond if they witness someone suffering a cardiac arrest. The 'Call. Push. Rescue' message is simple to remember and by spreading this far and wide we're determined to radically improve the country's shocking survival rates.

London lagging behind with apprenticeships

A new report into London apprenticeships has found that the capital is lagging behind other regions in England- despite having a major problem with youth unemployment.

David Cameron with apprentices and staff at a Tesco store in London Credit: PA

The London Assembly Economy Committee- which compiled the report- is calling on the Mayor to do more to improve the situation- and meet his apprenticeship target of a quarter of a million by 2016.

The number of funded apprenticeships in 2012/13 stood at 77,110, the lowest regional total except for the North East.

Sectors such as construction, ICT, leisure, travel and tourism where London has particular strengths, are among the worst performing sectors in terms of the proportion of apprenticeships created.

National human trafficking conference in London today

The Metropolitan Police Service is holding its first national human trafficking conference in London today. Officers will be joined by leading anti-slavery and trafficking organisations- as well as Home Office and health professionals.

Met Police holds national human trafficking conference Credit: PA

It comes ahead of Anti-Slavery Day on Saturday and the aim is to share expertise in tackling trafficking and helping victims.

Specialist officers from the MPS Trafficking and Kidnap Unit will share their experience of tackling human trafficking and all kinds of modern slavery, and will encourage other police services to share their knowledge of cases they have dealt with.

Since a central MPS human trafficking team was first set up in April 2010, the Trafficking and Kidnap Unit has conducted 182 operations, made 422 arrests and assisted 734 victims. It features 70 police staff and officers, making it the largest police unit dedicated to tackling human trafficking and slavery in the UK.

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