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School report: teachers are coronavirus’s new frontline workers

CROYDON COMMENTARY: After the first full week back in the classroom following six months of lockdown, one locally based teacher* offers their thoughts on what life is like under the ‘new normal’ The sanitation stations with their alcohol-based gel are … Continue reading

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Borough’s schools are left to implement own covid safety plans

Croydon Council has left it to the individual boards of governors of the borough’s schools to decide on what measures they and their headteachers need to take to ensure that their schools are “covid-safe” for a return to the classroom … Continue reading

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Ten top tips for getting your child ready for return to school

Ahead of the start of the new school year, CATHERINE LYNCH, from education and lesson-planning experts PlanBee, has 10 tips for getting young ones ready and eager to learn As families struggle to deal with the fall-out from exams chaos, … Continue reading

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Learning lessons from teaching remotely during lockdown

Secondary school teacher KEN TOWL on how he and his pupils have managed to master the technology and the etiquette of staff meetings during the coronavirus quarantine With just 10 minutes of the lesson to go, instead of the expected … Continue reading

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Rewards for school attendance send out the wrong message

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Just who are those attendance certificates that the children brought back from school at the end of term for: the kids, or their parents? KIRSTIE SMITH has a view Many children will have come home after their last … Continue reading

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LFB: ‘Devastating consequences’ of schools without sprinklers

The London Fire Brigade says that the failure to fit sprinklers in schools could have “potentially devastating consequences”. Inside Croydon has revealed that not a single one of 35 school builds in Croydon in the past five years have had … Continue reading

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Council returns £250,000 pupil premium and doesn’t know why

Cash-strapped Croydon Council sent back nearly £250,000 of education funding unspent to Government last year. The cash represents almost one-quarter of Croydon’s pupil premium, intended for some of the borough’s most in-need children. And probably most worrying of all, when … Continue reading

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Harvey heads line-up for Education in Crisis Assembly debate

Philipa Harvey, one of the National Union of Teachers’ national officers, and Ted Knight are among the key note speakers on June 28 when the Croydon Assembly stages an “Education in Crisis” meeting at Ruskin House in Croydon. Teachers are … Continue reading

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Council’s £170,000 per year education chief is set to retire

Paul Greenhalgh, one of Croydon Council’s most senior executives, is to retire from his job in Fisher’s Folly this summer. Aged 61, Greenhalgh will step down from his £170,000 per year position as “Executive Director, People” at the end of … Continue reading

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GCSE results show academies struggling to make the grades

If our education correspondent GENE BRODIE had to do an end-of-term report for the borough’s academised secondary schools after the 2015 GCSE results, then “Could do better” might be regarded as an understatement If you’re a parent seeking an educational … Continue reading

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‘I wish I could have gone to the BRIT School’ says Cowell

Simon Cowell took time-off from X Factor yesterday to pay a flying visit to the BRIT School in Croydon. “The second I pulled up I thought, ‘Why didn’t I go to a school like this?’ I would have loved it, … Continue reading

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Whitehorse’s golden shed declared ‘best school in the world’

Suitably reproached, GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, has been set 100 lines: “I must not slag off dodgy-looking modern architecture” Two years ago, an extension to a Thornton Heath primary school had its design described in the Croydon Sadvertiser as … Continue reading

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Fear and loathing in Upper Norwood as an inspector calls

Education correspondent GENE BRODIE on a gathering storm of controversy over a disputed Ofsted inspection at one of the secondary academies in the north of the borough The Anti Academies Alliance, an organisation of teachers, parents and educationalists who oppose … Continue reading

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Parents’ anger at “immoral” departure of admired school head

Parents at a Croydon primary are angry that they and their children have been treated in a “disrespectful, insensitive and immoral” manner by a interim board of governors, imposed on the school by the Tory Education Secretary, and which then … Continue reading

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Father gets council to promise refund of lesson charges

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, reports on a Croydon Council U-turn over its unlawful charges of £3,500 per year to some parents of children at state primary schools A campaigning parent is claiming victory over local authority bureaucracy after Croydon … Continue reading

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Jones gets A* as Barwell is forced to brush up on grammars

After a sly fag behind the bike sheds, WALTER CRONXITE has emerged to report back on last night’s rigorous oral exam at the Croydon Central education hustings HAS GAV GIVEN UP (Part 94)?: Tory Gavin Barwell is against the residents … Continue reading

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How to get youngsters into work? Get them passing exams

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Much work has been done lately to try to improve the borough’s youngsters employability. But little was said about local schools’ GCSE results, writes CHARLOTTE DAVIES Jamie Audsley, a young, energetic and enthusiastic new councillor, last week laid … Continue reading

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GCSE results put Croydon in bottom four London boroughs

GENE BRODIE reports that 2014’s GCSE results demonstrate that academisation isn’t working – with 3 in every 4 Croydon school leavers still lacking the basic five exam passes According to Croydon’s new Opportunity and Fairness Commission, the borough’s schools are … Continue reading

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Labour council continues to charge for reading lessons

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, has discovered that Croydon’s Labour-run council is using a legal loophole to continue to charge local children up to £3,500 per year just to teach them how to read and write Croydon Council continues to … Continue reading

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Five Croydon primaries hit gold standard for school dinners

Five Croydon schools have achieved the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Gold standard for their healthy and wholesome school dinners. The schools receiving the award are All Saints Primary, Cypress Infants and Junior schools, Downsview Primary and Rockmount Primary. … Continue reading

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Croydon primary school performance among worst in London

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, has been crunching some numbers ahead of the new term. It doesn’t make encouraging reading If you are short of things to do in the New Year, there might be nothing more interesting to do … Continue reading

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Own goals galore scored on Croydon’s school playing fields

WALTER CRONXITE recounts the unedifying clusterfuck that has engulfed the Labour-run council over its development plans. Which they say that they don’t have Croydon’s Conservative councillors are predicting that Simon Hall’s days as a member of Labour’s front-bench team are … Continue reading

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Long overdue that we found proper future for Segas House

CROYDON COMMENTARY: According to senior sources at the Town Hall, the scheme to convert the Grade II-listed Segas House into a primary school, the brainchild during the previous Tory council of Tim Pollard, has been abandoned because the building would … Continue reading

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Paxton Academy pitches in at Thornton Heath rugby club

If mens sana in corpore sano – a healthy mind in a healthy body – was good enough a philosophy for those fortunate to have access to the playing fields of Eton, then it should also good enough for the … Continue reading

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Ofsted reports signal concerns over College’s free school plan

The school places shortage has already prompted a range of daft ideas in Croydon, from the notion of sticking a primary school in a listed building overlooking a six-lane urban motorway, to building on Metropolitan Open Land with barely a … Continue reading

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