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!


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:


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


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!


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!


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!


Enjoy and thank us later!

Have you seen our fab competitions? Win family tickets to ‘Hello Kitty Live’ and ‘Cinderella’ panto, plus a free meal at Royal China Harrow restaurant!

Competition 1 : Win a family ticket to the world premiere of ‘Hello Kitty Live’ at Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on 8th October!bb533b9e-08ea-4aa5-a4b5-44f49bcf7a44

Eventim Apollo Hammersmith – 45 Queen Caroline St, London, W6 9QH
Box Office 0844 249 4300
Showing: 8-Oct-15 at 7pm

More information about the show can be found on our website. Click here to enter our Facebook competition!

Competition 2: Win a family ticket to ‘Cinderella’ at the Lyric Hammersmith this Christmas!

Lyric Hammersmith – Lyric Square, W6 0QL
020 8741 6850
Showing: 21-Nov-15 to 2-Jan-16

More information about the show can be found on our website.

Click here to enter our competition!

Competition 3: Win a complimentary meal for you and your guest(including alcohol!) up to the value of £70 at our neighbouring restaurant Royal China Harrow!

CompetitionRoyal China Harrow
148-150 Station Road

Competition ends on 25th October. Click here to find out more about the restaurant and enter!

Good luck, Mumsnetters, and look out for more offers and competitions on Mumsnet Ealing main website.

You could be the first family to freejump in style at Oxygen Freejump’s Acton park!

As promised earlier, Mumsnet Ealing have partnered up with Oxygen Freejumping, London’s first Trampoline Park opening in Acton on 20th July to give Mumsnetters an exclusive 20% off against one hour Oxygen Freejumping session. Plus one lucky Mumsnetter will get a Family Freejump worth up to £100!


Enjoy and don’t forget to report back!