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Do we really need grammar schools
Post-Brexit racism crimes
Selfish vision to leave EU
No forced academies
Love for India and steel crisis
Rhetoric of accountability
Muslim women in right-wing headlines
Concerns about Harrow CCG
Listen to all Londoners
Scandalous plan to cut welfare benefits
Schools could do without politics
Using migrants as springboard
‘Do first, and say sorry later’
Blair, the savvier!
UKIP in race-headlines!
Politics of inequality & injustice
Love for India – really?
Cameron targets minority voters
Prison situation
Reviving ‘snoopers' charter’
Palestinian statehood
Gaza & Warsi out of the news
Wake-up call for Warsi
Political immaturity in Harrow
Harrow Council institutionally racist?

Why Tower Hamlets and not Harrow?
Who decides the political map!
Scaremongering in Harrow!
• Harrow Council with no party in
   control
• Shah is bitter as his dynasty collapses
• Political parties want 'foot soldiers’
• Ousted - Labour Group leader
• Conservatives poor under Cllr Hall
• Community grants in Harrow setting

• Sharp increase in homelessness
• Engagement with older citizens
• Met racism inquiry
• Fuel poverty - a national problem
Code of conduct - public accountability
• Would standards committees be missed
'Don't play politics with the economy'
Broken Society'
HPCCG plight
Community consultation
• Housing benefit changes hit the
  vulnerable most

Community lettings
Threat to social cohesion
A school of national interest
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

NHS - Dr Foster Hospital Guide
Immigrants to create extra households?
Student unrest over fee
Progressive approach to town twinning
Twinning - Harrow's situation
Re-claiming the 'inner cities'
Housing benefit cuts – onslaught on   vulnerable
'Big Society'

Tory Deception

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Number of grammar schools in England as well as the percentage of maintained secondary school pupils taught in grammar schools have declined over the years – 163 grammar schools in 2016 with 5.2%  maintained secondary school pupils taught, compared with the 37.8% pupils in 1207 schools in 1947.
Also, much lower proportion of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) with statements or Education, Heath and Care (EHC) plans or free school meal - the impact of free school meal status (a proxy for poverty/ deprivation) is well recognised, but less direct.
While the examination performance of the grammar school is obviously high – for example, 99.1% A*-C grades against 66.3% in comprehensives in 2015, the intake is mostly from the independent preparatory (primary) schools - with fewer pupils from the low attaining ethnic groups, Black African, Black Caribbean, Bangladeshi and Pakistani, than their local area.


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Well done Khan

Sadiq Khan won London Mayoral election by a huge majority despite Zack Goldsmith team’s vile race and hate campaign, worst in the history of British elections.
Conservative strategy, sharpened in Harrow East, to stir up emotions in certain communities for votes also failed.
Mr Khan’s count gave him the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history.
It would be interesting to see how Mr Khan works under critics thick magnifying glasses and addresses plight of Londoners who have different but equally important needs! 9/5/16


Following the EU referendum, the schools are caught up with the politics of Bexit by the implications of school census, immigration, migration and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Many schools have started collecting data on pupils' country of birth, nationality and level of English proficiency through the school census in line with the national population census, to fulfil the Department for Education requirement.
"The information will be used to help the DfE better understand how children with, for example, English as an additional language, perform in terms of broader learning" informs DfE.
At present, schools record if a pupil speaks EAL or not, worked out on the basis of the language spoken at home rather than pupil's acquisition of the English language - the information is usually gathered through the admission process where parents are asked "what language is spoken at home" rather than 'what is the child's first language'.
From September, schools will not only need to collect information about pupils 'country of birth' and the 'nationality' but also to assess each EAL pupil's "proficiency level", using a new five-point scale, which ranges from A at the bottom and E at the top (why not to use the National Curriculum levels for such assessment?).
This will be passed to the government for analysis. Each pupil will receive just one grade for their EAL level, combining their reading, written and spoken language proficiency.
Schools do not need to obtain parental or pupil consent to the provision of information.
The schools are not really trained or resourced to carry out this extensive work or to cope with the changes to their assessment system.
Many feel that following Brexit, the government seemingly wants to highlight that there are not enough school places and there is increased demand on the school resources because a lot of foreigners live in the UK, to deflect from the fact that the state schools are not well resourced to start with.
Who knows how else the new school census data would be used.
The additional school census requirement that seems to have more political than education objective, takes us back to 1960s where a problematic view of immigrants was legalised by the Local Government Act of 1966, stating a negative definition "immigration is the great social problem of this century and of the next" (HANSARD: 1966/67:Volume 29 p1308).
Such politicising resulted in Section 11 of the Local Government Act of 1966 to provide funding to the authorities as a response to the perceived impact of immigration on education which remained controversial through its life, partly because of limited educational validity as the funding was coming from the home office, a controlling body, rather than the education department, and partly because of the misuse of the funding because of whatever was built on a problematic base was going to be problematic.
The education supreme, the Department of Education and Science at the time, reinforced what the politicians were saying and argued for English as a Second Language (ESL) "to provide the key to ..... cultural and social assimilation" (Working Paper 13).
The uproar about tagging immigrant children as a ESL group, led to softening the term to English as an Additional Language (EAL) without changing the premise that was argued to provide help and support for pupils who are learning English as an additional language and have gaps in their command of the English language.
This resulted in an EAL culture because the language is power and words create structures. The EAL led to arrangements like outside classroom language activities during the curriculum time, use of EAL rather than National Curriculum levels to assess English language attainment and identifying EAL pupils as a sort of cultural group (irrespective of their command of the English language), setting a culture of low expectations.
It is very concerning that the politics of immigration and language is hitting our schools once again.
Article by Husain Akhtar, retired Ofsted Additional Inspector of Schools, and researcher Harrow Council for Justice 26/9/2016
Bexit politics hitting children and schools
by Husain Akhtar, retired Ofsted Additional Inspector of Schools, and researcher Harrow Council for Justice
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