Public meeting with Julian Bell : “The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children”

Mumsnet Ealing have been asked by Ealing NUT to share the details of the upcoming public meeting on 12th May to discuss ‘The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children’

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Public Meeting on Thursday 12th May
Haven Baptist Church Hall, Castlebar Road, W5 (Three minutes from Ealing Broadway Tube Station)

Calling: parents/carers, teachers, support staff, students, governors and councillors. The Tories’ Education White paper is a threat to us all. Come and find out more about what the Tories plan for your children’s education!

Speakers:

Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council (Labour)
Mathew Cramer Headteacher of Greenford High (Rated Outstanding by Ofsted)
Alan Gibbons Award winning children’s author
Professor Merryn Hutchings Author of the independent report on schools: ‘Exam Factories?’
Stefan Simms NUT National Executive
Plus a Junior Doctor from Ealing Hospital and a local parent

The Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children

Children are more than a score. “Education policy is turning our schools into exam factories, squeezing out creativity and the joy of learning.” (Institute of Directors)

Shortfall of 10,000 primary school places but the government won’t allow local
authorities to build new schools.

London schools face massive funding cuts this will mean school staff redundancies, bigger class sizes, more unqualified teachers.

Teachers’ working conditions are your children’s learning environment. The Government’s undemocratic plans to force schools to academise will mean
the end of local and national pay and conditions for all teachers in all types of schools. It really is about privatising our schools.

Teacher recruitment is at an all-time low, whilst teachers leaving the profession they love is at an all-time high.

Pupils with special educational needs will be at a greater disadvantage.

Government plans to force all schools to become academies are ineffective, undemocratic and expensive.

Ineffective: The Government has failed to produce any evidence that academies improve standards. The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, says many academy chains are performing very badly.

Undemocratic: Over 80 percent of local authority schools are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. The Government is now forcing them to convert and will ban parent governors.

Expensive: £1.3 billion will be spent on lawyers’ fees at a time when schools face huge cuts. Academy chains pay their CEOs shockingly high salaries – and there are many cases of financial irregularities.

More information can be found on Ealing Teachers’ Association website: www.ealingnut.org.uk/

London Mayoral elections on 5 May: Child Poverty Action Group needs your opinions!

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London is a fantastic city, but it is not working for all of its residents, and its children in particular. That’s why 26 organisations have come together to ask the next Mayor to commit to making London more family friendly. We asked candidates to tell us what they will do for families – you can watch what they had to say here.

Almost 4 in 10 children in London are growing up in poverty, and this situation is set to get worse rather than better. Families are struggling to find a secure home. Parents are struggling to find work they can build a life on, and to find and afford childcare that supports their children to thrive. And shockingly, too many children are going to bed hungry.

But it is not all bad news. London is a city with great opportunity and steps can be taken to help all families to access this opportunity.

In these videos, the candidates say what they will do to create jobs that support families, ensure a safe and secure home for every child and to help families meet the cost of a child.

What would you like to see the next Mayor do to make London the best city in the world to grow up in? Come and post your opinions on Mumsnet Ealing Talk board.

 

Competition: win a whole term of drama and dance classes for tots at Yourstage in Ealing!

Woop, woop! Fresh competition for you, folks, and worth £105!

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A bit of background:

Yourstage was founded in the summer of 2008, by Faith Murphy (Head of Drama and Senior Form Teacher for Years 9 and 10, St Augustine’s Priory in Ealing) and has grown in support each year. Our emphasis is on helping individuals to shine and gain confidence through their own creativity, whilst making friends and having fun!

Location – St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, Ealing, W5

For your chance of winning a WHOLE term of Yourstage Tots classes for 3 to 5 year olds (10 one hour combined drama and dance classes, worth £105), just answer a simple question on Mumsnet Ealing website.

Hurry,  the competition ends on 13th April 2016. Good luck!

 

What’s on this Easter in Ealing

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Easter is promising to be busy in Ealing this year! If you haven’t sorted your childcare just yet, do not despair – there are still plenty of holiday camps available.

For all tastes, ages and budgets – there will be egg hunts, drama, crafts and baking workshops and family shows.

Look at our Easter directory and take your pick!  Don’t forget to check our neighbouring sites Mumsnet Harrow and Mumsnet Brent for activities near you.

Have a very Hoppy Easter, folks!

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Christmas in Ealing – Your Festive Guide to a local affordable Christmas 2015!

Just a quick heads up that we have put together a Christmas special for you on our website. There will be so many free or affordable festivities happening in Ealing and surrounding boroughs this winter!

Christmas lights, markets, Santa’s Grottos, family shows PLUS fantastic giveaways – have yourselves a very merry Christmas in Ealing!

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Enjoy and thank us later!

Our FANG-tastic half-term fun at Kidzania London!

This half-term, KidZania London is transformed into a spooky but fun Halloween Town. Kids travel around the city taking part in a wide variety of spooktacular activities: they can be transformed with boo-tiful face-painting, learn monster dance moves, walk in the super-scary fashion show and even join the KidZania Halloween parade. A Zombie epidemic has also broken out and kids can join the Emergency Response Team and help Urbano race against time to find the antidote to the outbreak – and save KidZania!

If you haven’t been to this eighth Wonder of The World, Kidzania is a mini-city located in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush with its own airport, hospital, fire and police station, bank and many more! It is aimed at 4-14 year olds although there are a couple of activities for the little ones. You get a 4 hour slot and over 60 role-play activities to experience. For more information and tips, read here.

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My 7 year old has been there once before for a birthday treat with her father and she loved it (and so did DH). So when we got invited to review their Halloween event, it was joy and excitement all around!

The set is impressive from the very entrance. They promised a spooky thrilling experience and they delivered! The rather realistic and a bit too scary (especially for the little ones) zombies were not only walking the streets but managed to get into the actual sets, cafes and shops! To avoid zombification, we were quickly advised by the staff to act like a zombie, sing country music or transform into zombies ourselves, courtesy of free face-painting by Snazaroo.  If you did manage to get zombified, there were few emergency stations scattered around to create the antidote. Luckily for us, ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ worked a treat every time! Another highlight was an hourly Thriller Zombie flash dance in the Square. What a talented bunch!

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We were given a leaflet on arrival with the special Halloween programme, however DD already had firm ideas of what activities she wanted to do. Second-time around, she says she enjoyed it even better and already cannot wait to see what they will be doing for Christmas!

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Toddlers

Bring your stroller and snacks. Activities-wise, there is nowhere near as much to do compared to their siblings. Luckily, it was both DH and I this time around so he took our 2.5 year old upstairs for some toddler fun while I was chasing my overexcited 7 year old in the pursuit of cash.

The activities for 0-3 year olds are:

  • Science Lab which was taken over by the Halloween activities so DS got to make the antidote.

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  • Kindergarten with a soft play area, tons of toys, puzzles and musical instruments

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  • RightZKeeper’s Residence – a big playhouse with various rooms and treats. Now, this was a winner! Small boy spent over 2 hours there, mainly in the kitchen! Thank God there was no charge and we were welcome to stay for as long as we liked.

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The little ones can also participate in watching shows at the Theatre (he loved watching his sister’s fashion show) and shopping in the K-market (sadly, we never got to do this one despite queuing for 30 minutes).

Verdict

The whole family absolutely loved it! There is A LOT of fun to be had and you will need few visits to cover everything.  It’s not cheap, but with a little preparation and patience, it is a lovely family day out.

#KZHalloween Special ends this Sunday, 1st November – book your tickets here

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