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  • Parents urged to take up free school meals by 5 January

    By LiseS at 17:17 on 30/12/11
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    Local councils are urging parents whose children attend a local secondary school to check if they are eligible for free school meals. Not only will parents save money on school lunches, but schools will depend on registration to collect their "pupil premium" of £600 per eligible pupil. The funding allocated to each school for the 2012-13 financial year depends on the number of children registered as entitled to receive...
  • Haringey schools under threat of forced academy conversion

    By LiseS at 16:20 on 24/12/11
    Parents at Downhills primary school are campaigning against a forced change to academy status.
    Four schools across Haringey borough face the threat of forced conversion to academy status next year under controversial new measures introduced by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. New government powers introduced last year mean any school served by Ofsted with a notice to improve may be taken over by a private sponsor. Leslie Church, the headteacher of Downhills primary school in Tottenham has spoken out about an ultimatum...
  • School closures confirmed for this Wednesday

    By LiseS at 17:45 on 28/11/11
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    The majority of schools in Highgate will be closed this Wednesday as a result of national strike action by a large number of the UK's teaching and other unions. A mass public-sector walkout, set to be the largest since the 1970s, will take place on Wednesday with a march through central London from noon. Susan Higgins, headteacher at Parliament Hill, has confirmed that the school will be closed as a result of industrial action....
  • Haringey schools funding consultation closes

    By LiseS at 21:59 on 17/10/11
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    A consultation on the way schools in Haringey are funded, aimed at ending the discrepancy between teachers' salaries and the borough's funding settlement, has closed with 120 local people responding. An initial consultation earlier this year asked borough residents for general opinions on funding, and a second phases this summer asked for more detailed views. The current funding formula has led to a difference of up to £1540 per...
  • Highgate School to provide teaching at new free sixth form

    By LiseS at 19:27 on 13/10/11
    Lynne Featherstone MP visiting Highgate School's summer school in 2009
    Highgate School, one of the UK's leading independent schools, will become part of a consortium of top private schools providing tuition at a new sixth form college in Newham, East London. The London Academy of Excellence, opening in September 2012, will be established under the government's Free School initiative and eventually offer places to 400 A-level students. A total of eleven independent schools based in the South-East of...

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