WAES Chair of Governors awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

WAES Chair of Governors awarded MBE in New Year’s Honours List

Carolyn Keen, Chair of Governors of Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES), has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for ‘Services to Adult Education and the Community’. The recognition celebrates Carolyn’s voluntary work and her contribution to furthering the adult education agenda. Carolyn’s professional background is in...

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University staff strike to protest pension costs

University staff strike to protest pension costs

The winter academic semester drew to an early close for some students this year as staff from 60 universities joined nationwide strikes to protest rising pension costs and declining pay and working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU) coordinated an eight-day strike action from Monday 25th November to Wednesday...

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‘Alarming’ Chinese meddling at UK universities exposed in report

‘Alarming’ Chinese meddling at UK universities exposed in report

Chinese embassy appears to be coordinating efforts to curb academic freedom, say MPs. Universities are not adequately responding to the growing risk of China and other “autocracies” influencing academic freedom in the UK, the foreign affairs select committee said on 5th November. The report found “alarming evidence” of Chinese interference...

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It is never too late to learn

It is never too late to learn

The start of the school and university term is well underway, so you may feel like the opportunity to join a course has passed. Luckily that’s not the case at Westminster Adult Education Service (WAES). Now the kids are safely in class, you have the time to think about what...

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Primary schools disappearing in central London

Primary schools disappearing in central London

Primary schools in central London are shrinking while some have closed down, because families are abandoning the capital and having fewer children. A new report by Westminster Council shows a total of 9,662 children had their first day at a new primary school this month, compared with 10,073 in 2018. The...

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Permanent school exclusions dramatically decrease in Wandsworth

Permanent school exclusions dramatically decrease in Wandsworth

Being excluded from school can be an isolating and frightening experience for children. Research by the Local Government Association also shows that gangs prey on excluded children, linking the rise in exclusions to the spike in violent crime. But one London borough is bucking the trend. Wandsworth used to have...

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Rise in school exclusions linked to SEN funding and gang violence

Rise in school exclusions linked to SEN funding and gang violence

Teenagers with special-educational needs are being “cynically” excluded from schools and put in danger of being groomed by gangs, because there’s not enough money to support them. That’s the claim made by education consultant and former head teacher Tony Meehan, who says schools increasingly feel “tempted” to expel children who...

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Prince’s Garden Preparatory School prepares to open it’s doors

Prince’s Garden Preparatory School prepares to open it’s doors

Nestled in the heart of Kensington, a stone’s throw from some of London’s most acclaimed institutions, Prince’s Gardens Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 3-11, is due to open its doors in September 2020. Alison Melrose, Headmistress, told KCW Today about their exciting plans to renovate four Victorian townhouses...

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Educating Westminster with the Westminster Adult Education Service

Educating Westminster with the Westminster Adult Education Service

At this time of year, we often think about children returning excitedly to school, clutching new, trendy water bottles, desperate to catch up with their friends. The truth is that we are all learning every day, and we often don’t notice it. The working landscape is changing too, particularly in...

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Pupils’ impressive potential unlocked at St James Senior Girls’ School GCSEs

Pupils’ impressive potential unlocked at St James Senior Girls’ School GCSEs

“With an increase on last year’s results of 15% for Grade 9s, 14.8% for Grades 9-8, and 8% on Grades 9-7 we are celebrating our 2019 GCSE results.” St James Senior Girls’ School continues to maintain its reputation for combining pastoral care with consistently strong academic results by ensuring every...

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