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Secondary school places to be allocated today

Pupils sitting exams at a secondary school Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Thousands of future secondary school pupils across London today will find out whether they have been allocated a place at the state school of their choice.

Many Local Education Authorities will begin sending out letters to parents today in what's become known as 'National Offer Day'.

Controversial preacher to address students

A controversial preacher who described homosexuality as a "scourge" has been invited to speak at the University of Westminster's Islamic Society event today. A petition was created by the student union lesbian and gay society to have the event cancelled with it just the day before the National Student Pride Festival.

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Charity Commission urged to speed up investigation into headteacher

Sir Greg Martin seen during a previous TV interview Credit: ITV News

The Public Accounts Committee has called for the Charity Commission to speed up its investigation into a London head teacher.

The commission is examining claims Sir Greg Martin of Durand Academy in Stockwell broke the law, by being paid almost four hundred thousand pounds as the director of a leisure firm, which operates on his school's premises.

The Commission has had a case open on the affair since October but is still to determine whether to launch a formal investigation, which would trigger powers to freeze assets, dig more deeply and potentially intervene directly.

Sir Martin told the committee the scheme was a 'fantastically good thing' because local children benefited from the facilities.

Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something
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