Last week Havering council launched a proposal for additional Post-16 educational provision. The vision is to provide high quality education and training opportunities for young people aged 16-25 years. It is a very important issue which over the last few years has caused an increasing number of parents to raise their concerns about the lack of extended provision for pupils over 16.

Havering Council wants you to have your say – take part in their survey HERE

London schools are facing unprecedented cuts of £760m a year by 2020. This is on top of the last five years of education cuts that removed support services for schools and cut sixth form funding by ten percent.  Education spending has been cut twice before, the highest cuts being 4% between 1982 and 1985. The Tories are now proposing to cut education spending by 8% nationally and 12% In London. Spending cuts in Barking and Dagenham specifically would total 13%.

Last week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham visited one of the Bright Community Free Maths Centres located at Dagenham Heathway Library.

There are currently four such centres across the borough, offering free maths tuition to young children hoping to stimulate, encourage and enhance the student’s interest in Mathematics at the formative stage.

This week plans were unveiled by Barking & Dagenham College and Havering College of Further & Higher Education (HCFHE), announcing their commitment to enhancing, intensifying and strengthening their work in a strategic alliance. East Londoners who are keen to access higher level technical and professional training, to better equip them to compete in the Capital’s global job market, are at the heart of plans.

Education is a huge issue which over the last few months has become increasingly important locally. With the rising need for more school places, the fight against academies and the recent teacher strikes, it is important that residents, parents and teachers get their say and are given a chance to understand the issues in more depth.

CHOICE Training which is based in Dagenham has recently announced its support of the research-led campaign to ‘Get Girls Plumbing’. The training college is offering four lucky ladies the chance to pursue a career in plumbing.

Female plumbers-to-be simply need to write 100 words outlining why they would like to win a free place on the course. The four candidates will then be selected by a judging panel made up from the college board of directors, the winners will be announced in time to start at the beginning of next term.

Jon Cruddas MP visited Leys Primary School in Dagenham to see for himself how well the student Breakfast Club scheme, supported by Kelloggs, was running. The Leys Primary School Breakfast Club, set up under the leadership of Head teacher Mr Krog, allows youngsters to have a full breakfast before the start of the school day.

The introduction of the scheme has improved the ability of children to learn by making sure they are not hungry and able to concentrate in classes. The scheme has also been successfully utilised by working families.

It’s GCSE results day for pupils across the constituency. Today students will receive eagerly awaited envelopes containing their hard earned grades – schools will be opening for the morning to allow students to collect their results.

See Me Grow Day Nursery

See Me Grow is a brand new Day Nursery operating in a purpose built building on the CEME CAMPUS in Rainham. The facility will be open to everyone in the local community not just those using the CEME centre. The opening date for the See Me Grow Day Nursery is September 2nd 2013.

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