Students in Dagenham and Rainham can now be given an extra chance to access leading universities and apprenticeships. Applications for the Sutton Trust Summer Schools are now open to young people in Dagenham and Rainham.

Barking and Dagenham College (BDC) will be hosting a skills show experience on the 30th April. If you are between 14 -25 years old and thinking about the next steps into employment or your future career path, this is an event for you.

The free event is linked to The Skills Show which is the nation’s largest career and skills event and gives young people from East London a taste of the national event on their doorstep.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council set out its priorities for the coming years this week, placing an emphasis on its aim to do what it can to improve the lives of local residents in tough financial times. The plans drew praise from the Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas, who praised the “fantastic work” of the council in developing its vision for the future.

New schools under threat in Dagenham

The following is an excerpt from Hansard from 15 June 2010.

Jon Cruddas (Dagenham and Rainham) (Lab): Thank you, Mr Sheridan, for giving me an opportunity to say a few words. I wish to make a few comments and raise a few questions about the future of the Building Schools for the Future programme in the London borough of Barking and Dagenham. To begin with, I shall refer to a couple of recent statements emanating from the new coalition Government which imply that different positions on the future of the programme are being developed in the Department for Education.

Save Our Sure Start

The Labour Party are joining forces with families across England to campaign to Save Our Sure Start Children's Centres:

A child's lifelong health, happiness and achievements are heavily influenced by their experience before birth and in their earliest years. That's why Labour introduced Sure Start Children's Centres to help build strong family relationships supported by a network of local services. There are now 3,500 centres helping 2.5m children.

Official government figures show that pupils in Barking and Dagenham's secondary schools have achieved record breaking GCSE results for 2009. 

Council cuts teen unemployment

The Financial Times today cites Barking and Dagenham's Labour council as one of the most innovative local authorities in Britain for combatting teen unemployment.

Reporting on the handful of local councils that had bucked the national trend and consistently reduced the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), the paper praised the borough's initiative to identify "NEET risks" early on and provide support.

Barking and Dagenham has been awarded £18.3 million to help meet the demand for primary school places.

Out of all 16 London boroughs who received funding, Barking and Dagenham received the largest slice of the £271 million investment from the Government, allocated nationally, to help provide places for primary school children.