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School funding 

2 Aug

Schools must find £3bn worth of efficiency savings by 2020.

Message from Meg 

24 Jul

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of the young man who lost his life in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Department of Health Accounts 

20 Jul

Last year the Department of Health published their 2015/16 accounts on the last day that Parliament sat allowing no time for Parliamentary scrutiny.

Hackney 1000 

12 Jul

It was great to join local Councillor Nick Sharman and Hackney Quest at the Hackney 1000 on Well Street Common.

Hackney Council’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire 

2 Jul

by Councillor James Peters The Grenfell Tower fire was a tragedy.

Emergency services communications 

23 Jun

In the last Parliament, the Public Accounts Committee, which I chaired, raised concerns about the timetable for introduction a new system of communication for our emergency services – the Emergency Services Network.

Queen’s Speech 2017 

22 Jun

See my response to the Queen’s Speech below.

Fire safety in Hackney’s private blocks 

22 Jun

I am concerned that poor building practices by private developers may result in similar problems to those which appear to have contributed to the tragedy at Grenfell.

Health accounts must not be delayed…again 

22 Jun

The Public Accounts Committee published 20 reports on health and social care in the previous Parliament.

Evergreen Play Association 

21 Jun

I recently had the pleasure to visit Evergreen Play in Hackney.

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Letter From Lee Ward : Pressure Must Be Put On All Local Authorities Who Have Licensed Uber, To Prove Uber Operate Legally 

15 Aug

Equality: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.

Volunteering Opportunities at Mobile Garden City – your local community garden 

11 Aug

Hi Everyone,  We are looking for volunteers to come and help out with a range of gardening activities and...

Ridley Road oral history project 

10 Aug


Taxi Drivers Get TfL To Admit Uber Are Acting Illegally. Blue Touch Paper Lit, Next Comes The Fireworks. 

10 Aug

On Monday, a mixed group of Taxi drivers from Dads Defending Daughters and also trade reps from the LCDC, met at a prearranged location just off the M25.

Dalston Children’s Centre 1982/3 

9 Aug

The comrades at Lesbian History Group have uploaded the annual reports of Dalston Children’s Centre from 1982 and 1983 as PDFs.

History Workshop Journal: Feminist squatting in Hackney 

9 Aug

The current issue of HWJ includes an excellent article by Christine Wall titled “Sisterhood and Squatting in the 1970s: Feminism, Housing and Urban Change in Hackney”.

Sugar Smart Hackney – working towards healthy and sustainable food in Hackney 

7 Aug

From Mary Atkinson, Sugar Smart Coordinator,  HFP Secretary   Last month, Hackney Food Partnership (HFP) was delighted to receive a 12 month grant from Sustainable Food Cities to run a joint Sugar Smart Hackney...


7 Aug

GMB Union calls on Uber to let the public know how their app stays on the right side of the law – people have a right to know.

Irene Lancaster v David Irving 

6 Aug

The Sunday Times has a feature by Sian Griffiths (p.13) on Manchester University refusing to remove from open display, books by the far-right historian David Irving .

Titbits – ‘the fact that they wear hi-vis jackets gives them a certain degree of authority’ 

4 Aug

◆ At a recent Town Hall briefing about anti-social behaviour in public spaces, the Hackney Citizen asked the council what legal powers its enforcement officers had.

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Arts & culture »

Chaz Jankel, Derek Hussey & John Kelly write new song for Reasons to be Cheerful 

17 Aug

To accompany the new production of Reasons to be Cheerful , touring the UK one final time this autumn, we are delighted to announce that a new song has been written by Blockheads Chaz Jankel and Derek Hussey as well as lead vocalist from the show ...

From Capote to Hankinson: True Crime and the Non-Fiction Novel 

16 Aug

Image via TED True Crime has recently undergone something of a renaissance, with the immersive nature of long-format internet TV proving an ideal vehicle for exploring messy and complicated investigations which often evolve over years, if not decades...

The Presence of Julius Eastman, in full 

14 Aug

While I was away a new issue of Tempo came out, which includes my review of last December’s London Contemporary Music Festival.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson 

13 Aug

The long-awaited UK edition of Bluets following Nelson’s recent success, and an absolutely crucial read for fans of The Argonauts.

Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa 

9 Aug

A slim but extraordinarily powerful exploration of race, gender, faith, and medicine in post-apartheid South Africa, the pages of Matlwa's third novel are alive with a rare sort of intimacy.

Women in Translation Month 2017 

5 Aug

Throughout August we'll once again be highlighting translated fiction by women as part of #WITmonth.

Cosmic Scallies rehearsal diary 

5 Aug

By Reuben Johnson Week four I’m in a van off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for my sixth time, having previously performed there 4 times and visited the other.

Airplane Shuffle Summer Mix 2017 

4 Aug

Back from a quick holiday, will still be writing over summer about some cool music I’ve heard lately.

BAME focus for Write to Play Year Five, and new partners announced! 

2 Aug

Graeae are delighted to announce the fifth year of Write to Play, which for the first time since the programme launched, will specifically focus on nurturing D/deaf and disabled writers within the BAME community.

Pianos (I): Parkinson Dalibert Pateras 

25 Jul

For reasons economical as much as ideological the piano has become the one-man* laboratory for the composer as autonomous author or auteur using the instrument as a vehicle for musical manifestos.

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The Heathcote Arms to re-open in October 

18 Aug

Great news at last regarding our beloved Heathcote Arms in Leytonstone.

ROOFSTOCK : A queer fundraiser on a roof with drag queens! 

18 Aug

So, here’s some exciting news for you to plug into your pagers: The Glory and Dalston Superstore are putting aside postcode differences and holding a one-off evening of queer entertainment! We’ve just had a quick look through the QX archives and ...

ldner #220 | mark wright 

18 Aug

This week’s LDNER Mark Wright is the founder of Indian street food faves Rola Wala, which he set up after tasting the world’s best chicken tikka on the side of the road in India and deciding that the UK needed a bit of this action.

Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September) 

18 Aug

As part of this year’s Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September), we will be presenting a collection of events around artists/filmmakers John Smith and Andrew Kötting.

Ben Eine Pop-Up Shop opens 6th September 

17 Aug

Ben Eine pop up shop All you street art fans get this this date in your diary Here’s a date that you need to get in your diary.

DJ Of The Week – SST 

17 Aug

She’s playing at PATSY on Friday and here are her top tunes! This week’s sonorous spin-star of DJ Of The Week, is super duper NYC chick SST! We sat down with her ahead of her set at Patsy at Dalston Superstore this Friday and got the lowdown on ...

What’s in the bags this week – 16 August 

16 Aug

Here are the details of this week’s box scheme fruit and veg bags.

35 Extremely Achievable Things To Do In London 

16 Aug

Alright, here’s the problem.

Borough – Newington and Trinity 

16 Aug

Thenorth west corner is Borough The north east corner is The north east corner is Borough Bermondsey borders The south west corner is Borough Newington Post to the north Bankside Post to the west St,George and Waterloo Post to the south Walworth Post...

The ‘First’ Blitz 

16 Aug

A guest post by LH Member Suzie Grogan.

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We Are Hiring: Marketing Manager 

18 Aug

Arcola Theatre is looking for a new  Marketing Manager .

ldner #220 | mark wright 

18 Aug

This week’s LDNER Mark Wright is the founder of Indian street food faves Rola Wala, which he set up after tasting the world’s best chicken tikka on the side of the road in India and deciding that the UK needed a bit of this action.

Aylin Bozok on her production of SAMSON AND DELILAH 

17 Aug

WhatsOnStage Award-winning director Aylin Bozok has returned to Grimeborn with a bold take on Camille Saint-Saëns’ extraordinary biblical epic Samson And Delilah .

Untitled Bar in Dalston: Conigliaro’s avant-garde cocktail outpost | Bar review 

16 Aug

As Shoreditch and Hoxton are now thoroughly saturated with some of the world’s best cocktail bars, it only makes sense that the scene would start to radiate outwards.

santo remedio to open in london bridge 

15 Aug

We loved Santo Remedio when it opened in Shoreditch last year, but unfortunately, it was not round for long and closed suddenly last autumn.

w barcelona’s mamarosa to open at shoreditch village 

15 Aug

Who knew Shoreditch was getting it’s very own village? Well it’s true.

The Marriage of Kim K: An interview with star Yasemin Mireille 

14 Aug

A recent graduate of the Arden School of Theatre with a BA in Musical Theatre, the multi-talented Yasemin Mireille has to date performed numerous roles as a singer, actress and dancer, including Velma Kelly in Chicago, the sinister Stepmother in ...

win tickets to fluffer pit parties 

14 Aug

Fluffer Records is back with their infamous Pit Parties and they’ve lined up the likes of Deap Valley, Spring King, Japandroids and Black Lips for what is sure to be their most insane series yet.

The Unearthing of a Dada-esque Libretto: Cecilia Stinton on Spectra Ensemble’s COLLISION 

14 Aug

Director  Cecilia Stinton on how she discovered the libretto of Collision and how  Spectra Ensemble decided to bring Schwitters ’ text to life.

Visions Festival / Institute of Light / Billy Smokes review: out here in the Fields 

11 Aug

The view from Netil 360, one of the Visions venues.

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Schools »


18 Aug

The school community was in buoyant mood as students and staff celebrated record breaking A Level results: with a 100% pass rate, and A* to B at 43%.

The Geography Department lands in Iceland! 

27 Jul

On Thursday 6th July, 23 GCSE geography students departed London Heathrow airport to spend a long weekend at the edge of the famous Artic Circle and in one of the most active volcanic spots in the world – Iceland.

You’ve finished your GCSEs… now what? 

24 Jul

This is a replication of an article written for the summer 2017 edition of Archant’s North London Education & Training magazine – now also published here on the Skinners’ Academy website for easy access.

Personal statement convention 

21 Jul

Year 12 have spent much of June and early July investigating potential universities and courses, having attended various university summer schools and Open Days.

Tea with the Headteacher 

21 Jul

The most prestigious event of the school calendar took place in the summer term.

The Urswick School wins Equality award 

20 Jul

The Urswick School, Paragon Road, has become the first school in Hackney to receive a national award in recognition for its commitment to equality.

Sports day 2017 

20 Jul

On Friday 13th July, Years 8, 9 and 12, took part in the annual Urswick School sports day at the lea valley athletics centre.

Year 6 Leavers Book 

19 Jul

Download a copy of the  Year 6 Leavers Book  here.


18 Jul

All of our daily news updates and class blogs can now be found on our App so this feed is no longer being updated.

Summer Fete Success 

18 Jul

A big thank you to Mr Goulbourne and all those who contributed to this years Summer Fete on the 1st of July, we had a fantastic day and raised a whopping £434 for charity! We are already planning next years...

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