Children in Tower Hamlets are enjoying the best school meals service in Britain. Catering staff in the area, who serve up meals for a staggering 24,000 children everyday, have been named catering service of the year in the industries biggest awards.
Tower Hamlets Council's Contract Services staff won the title at the annual Lead Association for Education Catering (LACA) Awards.
Three councils in the South East are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children. A report by OFSTED says more needs to be done to address "incompetent and ineffective" leadership in children's services. The local authorities judged to be failing by OFSTED are:
- Kingston upon Thames
Children who read for fun are likely to do better in maths and English according to London research.
The University of London looked at reading habits of around 6,000 children.
Charity Action for Children says London is at the bottom of the results table as many people incorrectly believe that the following people cannot foster.
- Anyone who rents their home
- Those not in full time employment
- Anyone who is gay
- Anyone over the age of 55
London is facing a shortage of 1,250 foster carers this year according to new figures. Charity, Action for Children, says the figures for London are the worst of any region of the UK, caused in part by many of the myths around who is allowed to foster.
A UNISON survey published today reveals the shocking impact of child poverty in schools around London . The survey shows that 72 percent of those surveyed in London believe that children at their school are living in poverty.
School staff believe the damaging effects on pupils are clear and poverty is on the rise all across the capital.
Police in Greenwich are trying to trace a man who has been making unwelcome approaches
to schoolchildren outside a school in Greenwich. He has attempted to speak to the children outside the Thomas Tallis School but when they ignored him, he swore at them.
Pupils are asked to call 999 if they are approached by the man. Police are conducting extra patrols but say they do not believe there is an immediate danger to children.
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Greenwich CID on 020 8284 9554.