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East London Mosque school 'not teaching curriculum'

A number of schools in East London have criticised for not protecting children from the threat of Islamic extremism, and spending too much time teaching the Qur'an instead of the national curriculum.

The Al-Mizan independent school,located inside the East London Mosque and managed by the East London Mosque Educational Trust, was found to be inadequate in every inspection criteria.

The school website states that pupils will be taught the National Curriculum. In practice, this does not happen.

School leaders accept that their information about pupils’ progress in English, mathematics and science is inaccurate. In contrast, a rigorous system is in place to track pupils’ progress, homework and fluency in memorising the Qur’an.

– Ofsted inspection report

Johnson to call for more music education at conference

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The Mayor of London will call for a greater drive for music education at City Hall this afternoon.

Boris Johnson will give the keynote speech at the Mayor's Education Conference, which is focusing on how education can prepare young Londoners for success in a globalised world.

The second annual London Education report found that 86 per cent of the capital's schools are rated good or outstanding. Mr Johnson will tell conference attendees that he wants London to compete with high achieving education systems worldwide.


Inspection reports due following extremism concerns

Sir John Cass and Red Coat School is one of the schools inspected by Ofsted Credit: Google Street View

Reports for six East London schools will be published later.

Ofsted carried out snap inspections at schools in the borough of Tower Hamlets, including Sir John Cass Red Coat School, after after concerns were raised with the Department of Education about the influence of Islamic teaching in the schools' curriculums.

Five of the six schools are private Islamic faith schools and the sixth is a Church of England primary.

Read more: School named and shamed for failing to protect pupils from Islamic extremism.

Students to take to the streets for tuition fees protest

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Thousands of students are expected to take to the streets of central London later calling for politicians to scrap tuition fees.

Organised by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts and the Student Assembly Against Austerity, the demonstration is expected to be the biggest of its kind for four years.

Students are expected to travel from as far afield as Aberdeen to join the march.

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.

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
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