Archive For The “Education” Category

“Schools are being nationalised so they can be privatised “

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“Schools are being nationalised so they can be privatised “

Jonathan Calder writes here about the government’s decision to force all schools to become academies, away from local authority oversight and support : ….What I fear will come next is the gradual privatisation of what the Treasury has nationalised. As John Elledge says, Which schools have held out against academisation? They’re disproportionately small (larger ones…

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Repost: So Much For Local Democracy…..

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Repost: So Much For Local Democracy…..

The Guardian reports : Legislation to turn every school in England into an academy independent of local authority control will be unveiled in the budget. Draft leglislation, to be published possibly as early as Thursday, will begin the process of implementing a pledge made by David Cameron in his conference speech last autumn. The prime…

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Congratulations To Barbara Wilkins BEM !

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Congratulations To Barbara Wilkins BEM !

District Councillor Barbara Wilkins has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the latest New Year’s Honours List – not for her council work, but for services to education : Mrs Wilkins is regarded with affection in the council, not least for extolling the virtues of Great Wakering whenever possible! But she has also been…

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The Pupil Premium

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The Pupil Premium

Sereena Davey writes: If ever there were a lesson on the virtues of patience it would be the journey of the Pupil Premium…! When I worked in Parliament from 1999-2001 as an education specialist, I worked on a pamphlet with the (then) Education Spokesman Phil Willis MP, and a (then) MEP – a certain Nick…

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Want To Learn About Computers?

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Want To Learn  About Computers?

Someone suggested we should mention a course you can take at Rayleigh Library called “Learn My Way”. It’s run over 6 weeks, on a Monday and a Wednesday at Rayleigh Library ( We think it also runs at other libraries but don’t have any details ) Starts at 9.30am, runs until 11.00am and is ideal…

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Michael Hoy Starts Campaign Against School Bus Ruling

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Michael Hoy  Starts Campaign Against School Bus Ruling

Councillor Michael Hoy writes here about a new County Council policy: “With effect from September 2015 Essex County Council have changed the policy on Home to School Transport for new pupils meaning parents or carers will have to pay themselves if their children go to Sweyne-Park School even though they may live over 3 miles away…

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Amenity Space Saved, Wakering Development Squeaks Through……

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At tonight’s meeting of the Development Committee: The outline  application for 6 dwellings on the amenity space at Brocksford Avenue was refused by an overwhelming vote of councillors. Refusal was moved by  Ian  Ward and seconded by Heather Glynn. This pleased the public gallery, which was packed with concerned residents. The application for 116 dwellings…

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The Education Situation

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We’ve been enquiring into the situation with primary school places in Rayleigh – why Essex County Council were originally asking for a new primary school “North of London Road”, and now they’re not. It seems that on the basis of a planning application for 475 homes , ECC don’t believe an extra school is needed….

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Primary School Places: How To Challenge A Decision

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From the Guardian today: The parents of thousands of children will learn on Wednesday that they have not been allocated their first choice of primary school. If you are one of them, it is possible to challenge the decision. Here is what you can do: • Make sure you respond to any request to include…

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Threat To Some School Crossing Patrols

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Threat To Some School Crossing Patrols

Have you heard about the Consultation on the County Council website about removing school crossing patrols where there is a pedestrian crossing, unless the school is willing to pay for it?! You can find it here. School Crossing Patrols Consultation Essex County Council (ECC) is facing a £235m shortfall over the next three years as…

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Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds

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Schools Holidays Petition … And Flood Prevention Funds

The “A Green Read” website , run by Councillor Michael Hoy, has had a lot of new stuff recently, including Hullbridge Woman to have her petition debated in Parliament. Donna Thresher started her Government e-petition back in March 2013 with the simple statement. “Stop Holiday companies charging extra in school holidays” The petition is a…

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A Shock For Deanes School

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The Headmaster of Deanes School in Thundersley wrote on the school website yesterday: Important letter from the headteacher Dear Parents/Carers, Pupils, Staff and Friends of The Deanes School, It is with absolute shock that we learned late yesterday evening of the County Council’s proposal to consult with the local community on the future of The Deanes…

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