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Camden New Journal - EDUCATION
Published: 1 October 2009
Lunch? Sink your teeth into vampire history

History professor to give talk on blood-sucking folklore around the world for lecture series

BRAM Stoker and legions of Hollywood film directors would have you believe vampires are pale, model types with plum English accents. > more
Maidens offer support for the hard-pressed
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£1,000 prize for entrepreneurs
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Belsize Green eco fair is the bee’s knees
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Box clever! Pupils go to school polls
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Independent schools bus plan ‘must arrive for free’ - THE council has been warned that a proposal to provide school bus services to independent schools in... > more

Fighting to keep prisoners campaign alive - VACANCY: Special investigator wanted by leading human rights charity Reprieve for research into British collusion in... > more

British Museum to seek ‘vital’ £135m revamp - WORLD renowned conservationists and top scientists are using basement rooms built for kitchen drudges in the... > more

In fashion Girls’ big week - TWO Camden schoolgirls this week shared catwalk space with fashion heavyweights such as Stella McCartney, Nicole Farhi and... > more

Students upset by missing penguin riddle get new art - THEY still, through angry, gritted teeth, blame King’s College. Ask any of the students down at the London... > more

A short-term fix for primary places but future still uncertain - DON’T call it a new school... but this week, reception class children were filing in to... > more

University challenged over ‘Gandhi was graduate’ claim
A STONE’S throw from University College London’s Gower Street campus in Bloomsbury... > more

'Tracing the past takes detective work’ -
YOU can spot a genealogist when the first question they ask after you give your name is: “Are you northern?” > more

Call for governors: parents urged to help make our schools better
- BUILDING a £300million homes, shops and offices development might seem like a... > more

Sorna leads the way with GCSEs - SORNA Zand did not expect to do well in his GCSEs and his teachers at Acland Burghley weren’t sure how he would fare. > more

Knockout A-level grades delight for students! - JAY Gerardo was once more interested in messing about than studying. > more

Is change in the US now a realistic hope? - HOPE and change are the two words that have come to define Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States. > more

Youth Council in call to axe private schools
TEENAGERS on Camden’s Youth Council have described private schools as a “national disgrace” and passed a motion... > more

Exhibiting excellence: Frank Barnes pupils win prestigious award for work at British Museum
- AFTER visiting the British Museum and recording their... > more

Skill-swap sees silver surfers cooking curry with ‘dragons’ - STUDENTS at a Chalk Farm secondary school rounded off a week of big business... > more

Generation in search of ‘milk and honey’ - FIRST reactions of Camden people to the influx of Caribbean migrants into England in the 1940s... > more

Secret memos, backroom deals and private chats over new academy
IN the hallowed chambers of the High Court, a trail of secrets behind Camden’s... > more

Across the divide: Somali poet finds a voice in King’s Cross -
AT first sight they might seem a bit of an odd pair – but when Somali poet Abdullahi Botan... > more

Flying the flag of Caribbean culture for a new generation
INSPIRATIONAL teachers, writers, and campaigners were honoured for their achievements in preserving ...>more

Great new place for pupils to hang out!
SWINGING from monkey bars and balancing on walkways, children at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School in ...>more

School’s £30m scheme dismissed
ONE of the borough’s leading private schools is facing an uncertain future after a £30million development scheme was blocked.>more

UCL chief faces parents’ fury over school plan
- PROFESSOR Michael Worton began with a boast about the expertise and importance UCL holds in the world of...>more

'Society has failed to fill young people with self-esteem’– Akala
KENTISH Town rapper Akala has repeated his call for schools to give more positive history...>more

Pupils try something new in school garden
EATING up your fruit and veg is more bearable when you have grown them yourself... > more

SATs axe is welcomed
UNION chiefs have welcomed the government’s shock move to scrap exams for 14-year-olds. > more

‘Outstanding’ work praised by inspectors
INSPECTORS have praised two Camden schools for their “outstanding” commitment to... > more

Making a bid for theatre in the round
PRETENDING to be a tree is pretty standard fare during drama lessons. But things were a little more... > more

‘Nothing easy can ever really be satisfying’
FOR a man whose satire helped to end the era of deference, Jonathan Miller is strangely... > more

Poet Pinter attacks US for Georgia ‘hypocrisy’
BATTLING cancer Nobel prize laureate Harold Pinter made a rare public appearance in... > more

British Museum attempts to save Iraq’s heritage
SWEEPING over the foothills of the treacherous mountains of southern Iraq, Dr Paul... > more

Centre for deaf babies launches pilot scheme
THE only centre in London to teach babies under two British Sign Language (BSL) has... > more

Joy and relief as A-level students make the grade -
THE annual nail-biting wait for A level students came to an end on Thursday as pupils from... > more

UCL says G’day to its latest campus
NOT so long from now University College London plans to stick a flag in a large patch of Swiss... > more

Straight talking on drugs from ex-con
THE room fell silent when ex-convict Gary Whittaker began a hardhitting talk about life... > more

Ex-bishop gives science the soft sell at college
- A FORMER bishop at the centre of some of Britain’s toughest life and death decisions... > more

Teachers learn the score from students - A TEAM of education experts have gone into a Somers Town secondary school to train students to review their teachers... > more

Parliament Hill rated among top secondary schools in the country - PARLIAMENT Hill School has been named in the top 11 per cent of secondary schools in the... > more

Superlab plan could include new housing’ - ONE of the key players behind plans to bring a £500 million superlab to Somers Town has told the New Journal that the... > more

Union warns of more action after teachers’ pay walkout - MORE strikes will take place unless the government accepts teachers’ demands for fairer pay. > more

MP set to go superphonic - EDUCATION secretary Ed Balls chose a King’s Cross primary school as an example of best practice as he tried to encourage teachers... > more

Bright young Somalis united in achievement - LATECOMERS had to be turned away as a capacity crowd celebrated the brightest and best in academia and sport at... > more

Up in arms over Iraq investment - UNIVERSITY College London students have a history of staging anti-war protest within their own college. > more

South of the borough could get a new school - EDUCATION secretary Ed Balls wants Camden to open a new secondary school in the south of the borough to... > more

New school organiser set to sail away - ONE of the main organisers behind Camden’s new academy project has announced plans to retire and will leave the council... > more

Army recruitment: students at war - A STUDENT revolt at University College London is threatening to overturn a union motion banning the British... > more

What does the future hold for the kids at Frank Barnes?
- WITH its promise of £200 million to spend on improving Camden’s secondary schools and the chance... > more

‘Why we must keep fighting’ - “OUTSTANDING.” That’s how Ofsted inspectors described aspects of the education at Frank Barnes. > more

New ‘city academy supremo’ to quit his cabinet post - ONE of the masterminds behind Camden’s new city academy plan for Swiss Cottage is to quit his role in the ...>more

Take time to make the right decision, says MP - HOLBORN and St Pancras MP Frank Dobson has stormed into the row over Camden’s first city academy school... > more

How singing helps you breathe easier - WHEN you consider the number of people who willingly humiliate themselves on national television every week it is clear that... > more

How did school end up swamped by debt? - A SIMPLE blunder over paying for a new heating system is at the heart of the financial crisis threatening to engulf one... > more

Governors will battle to save special school - EDUCATION chiefs were forced to pull back from plans to close down a celebrated special school last night... > more

Keep your enemies close – they’re useful - LOATHE them as we might, enemies are actually a very good thing. > more

Access to art is not just for the young - RETIREMENT needn’t mean the end of a productive life, just as learning can continue well into old age. > more

Strict exercise regime steps up to challenge - IF the lure of the cha-cha-cha is enough to make Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha Dixon get out her dancing shoes... > more

College funding could be slashed - BIRKBECK College is facing funding cuts that could hit a huge swathe of key courses if government plans to reorganise further... > more

Reading between Pinter’s lines - PRAISE and criticism for playwright Harold Pinter is preserved with equal care in his extensive archives, which he has sold... > more

Mysteries solved in UCL lectures - EVER wondered what the stars in the sky are made of, or how a frog becomes a prince when kissed by a princess? > more

Schools celebrate best-ever GCSEs - FOUR Camden schools – Hampstead, Haverstock, Acland Burghley and La Swap – achieved their best GCSE... > more

Ofsted report awards top marks to ‘outstanding’ fledgling school - SCHOOL inspectors have returned a glowing report across the board for a fledgling Clerkenwell... > more

Majority of school place appeals rejected - THE pressure on space in Camden’s primary schools has meant that 84 per cent of parents’ appeals for places failed last year. > more

How Chima’s world turned upside down - TEN years ago the French urban system of leaps and landings, known as Parkour, was virtually unheard of. > more

‘I feel so safe at school – it’s like being at home’ - CHILDREN at a West Hampstead primary school were celebrating this week after inspectors highlighted... > more

Golden days of the silver screen - BANKRUPTCY and public rancour were all in a day’s work for the avant-garde filmmakers of the early 20th century, yet... > more

Academy memo: embarrassing leak… or a ticking timebomb? - TOWN Hall chiefs have confidently told colleagues they are unlikely to lose a High Court case over... > more

Has election night recount trauma cast a long shadow? - JOHN Bryant, the man at the centre of the council’s leaked memo row, knows more than anyone how... > more

Pitch to save patchwork houses - AS night fell on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali, children let off bangers and fireworks, villagers prayed on their doorsteps... > more

Eco-aware students take to the rooftops - FEW schools can lay claim to having an orangutan in their care or hippos in their toilets, but when it comes to saving... > more

Standing up to bullies - A FRIENDSHIP scheme between pupils at a Gospel Oak school is putting the “play” back in “playground”, and making bullying a thing of the past. > more

Signed, sealed and delivered - IT should have been a milestone moment for Camden’s pride of senior councillors, the moment where they clinched a... > more

The argument for the academy
- We at UCL are naturally delighted with the outcome of the process, and we are now looking forward to getting to work... > more

The argument against the academy - Head of Rhyl Primary School, Camden Campaign for State Education supporter Academies are independent schools and... > more

Anti-war, and battling for a free press - SADDAM Hussein, Nelson Mandela, Osama Bin Laden: today’s enemies are tomorrow’s friends – and vice versa – in the fickle... > more

Ten pounds of ‘cheese’ and some skittles - FEW pub-goers can claim a place in the history books, but in the unassuming basement of a Hampstead gastropub... > more

Envisioning a brighter future - HOODIES dominate the headlines, but hundreds of young people proved the pundits wrong when they gathered in King’s.. > more

Students win over Model UN
STUDENTS from Hampstead School talked judges into handing them a trophy, beating top private schools, for their... > more

It’s a night at the round table as the young get political
- HUNDREDS of young people debated the structure of the new Youth Council to blaring... > more

Top educationist questions philosophy of city academies‘ - HANDING over power to companies and institutions to run schools in return for a cash donation is... > more

We need a positive black identity,’ says son of Biko - THE son of the late anti-apartheid icon and South African folk hero Steve Biko spoke at the finale to Black... > more

Plaque tribute to ex-slave who shook Victorians with tales of plantation life - A PLAQUE to commemorate the life of a woman whose account of her time as a... > more

Touring play is driving out gay bullying - A GROUNDBREAKING theatre company is touring schools to combat the “culture of fear” they say surrounds important... > more

Theatre turns spotlight on the stars backstage - THE backstage stars of the future could be discovered at Hampstead Theatre. > more

Why the history of abolition isn’t simply black and white - THE aim is not to make white people feel guilty, says Catherine Hall, professor of modern British social and... > more

New kit for school teams - BUDDING Wayne Rooneys at St Mary & St Pancras Primary School have no excuses for looking scruffy on the pitch this season... > more

Photo opportunity pays off for Naomi - SOME of the biggest names in the world of music, film and fashion are offering the opportunity of a lifetime to a select few... > more

Rap school at the Roundhouse - AWARD-WINNING south London MC Blak Twang ventured to Camden this week to hold rapping workshops with youngsters... > more

Praise from Ofsted - STUDENTS at a Somers Town school have been praised for their confidence and “good attitudes to learning” by inspectors. > more

Quintin Kynaston’s Jo Shuter named headteacher of the year - JO Shuter was crowned Headteacher of the Year in a prestigious award ceremony in the West End... > more

New artists are put in the frame
- ARTISTS from a Camden-based project for people with learning difficulties got a baptism by fire in the art world last week... > more

‘It’s high time our parents knew more about drugs today!’ - YOUNG people in Fitzrovia have launched a DVD to better educate a generation they feel is ignorant... > more

Audiences are being left out of the picture - FILMMAKER Ken Loach believes audiences flocking to Camden’s cinemas are being done a disservice by film... > more

Opposition grows to academy plan - UNIVERSITY College London has been warned it will face a fight from within over its plans to establish a city academy in Swiss... > more

In the dark over youth council - YOUNGSTERS attending an event to promote local democracy said they were unaware a youth council is... > more

Student recruits grow their own and go to war on waste
- DURING the summer, students from Haverstock School marched on Inverness Street and convinced the... > more

Rebecca is ready to run for the trees – literally - REBECCA Hossack is no Denise Lewis. She hated sports at school. > more

Boost for Somali GCSE - THE campaign to introduce a Somali language GCSE in Camden schools got a fillip this week when a leading think-tank, the... > more

Headteachers get settled in - NEW headteachers are settling into their posts across the borough as five high-achieving Camden schools welcomed new faces in... > more

Professor sees his vision of a city academy ripped apart by critics - BY his own reckoning he took a “pasting” but Professor Michael Worton could hardly... > more

Horror of history is brought to life in death camp of Auschwitz - ARBEIT macht frei.” The legend, which translates as Work Brings You Freedom, is cast in a weathered... > more

Fine ales, fine art: painter’s work set to spruce up pubs - A PAINTER is urging pubs to better utilise their “gallery space” and wants licen-sees to remove what she... > more

It’s chamber made for younger ears - PICTURE the scene: You’ve taken your seat in the small auditorium and are looking forward to an afternoon of chamber music... > more

First winner of Gandhi scholarship announced - MAHATMA GANDHI, India’s legendary spiritual leader, continues to help his countrymen from beyond the grave with... > more

Cultural awareness ‘is key’ - AID pledged to Iraqi women could be better spent if more was done to understand their culture, according to a young London... > more

Top six finish for Hannah - NEWSCASTER Sir Trevor McDonald delivered the news at the ninth British Hairdressing Awards ceremony on Monday... > more

Faith centre of debate - SCHOOLS secretary Ed Balls chose the British Library on Monday to launch *Faith in the System. > more

Royal Academy chooses Phoebe - AN A-level art student beat hundreds of budding Picasso’s by having two of her works selected for an online exhibition at... > more

GCSE results mean solid foundations - SCHOOL pupils in Cam- den have scored solid results across the board in their GCSEs, it was announced this week. > more

Success in anyone’s language! - IT was smiles galore in Camden schools on Thursday as students collected their GCSE results and said tearful goodbyes to... > more

AS-levels ‘adding to pressure on pupils’ - THE intermediate AS-level exams are putting unnecessary pressure on pupils and affecting the numbers going on to... > more

A-level day of reckoning - THERE were triumphant fists punching the air and commiserating cuddles this morning (Thursday) as sixth-formers across... > more

Pupils make a little bit of history with maths SATs - HARD-working schoolchildren across the borough have yielded Camden its best-ever maths results in... > more

Paxman be warned: Max wants your job - ASK most teenagers who they want to emulate, and it’s a safe bet that Jeremy Paxman will not figure... > more

Heritage art that packs a punch
MUSEUMS often have a dusty reputation, but with ghetto boxers and Einstein’s flights of imagination hogging its walls... > more

Students stay at home to save planet
- CONCERNS about global warming and a competitive graduate job market are causing teenagers to spend their... > more

Kids go back to basics in tackling climate change - ENVIRONMENTAL scaremongering is not the way to save the world, insist students at one... > more

Students go to war against uni’s arms company funding
FURIOUS students have criticised their university for using their fees to “fund murder”... > more

Test to find our hidden racist ideas
THERE may be no cure for racism, but one psychology research team believes it has... > more

Teachers’ wages are ‘still too low’
- TWO men at the centre of an explosive row over student fees that sparked a national strike met at the University... > more

Happy ending for adult literacy as stories clinch online honour
- TWO City and Islington College students have won a national writing competition to have... > more

Hi-tech phones help pupils dial up our Victorian past
- SMART phones are bringing history to life for one King’s Cross primary school. > more

Celebrating the beauty of nature in the city centre
CITY farms and community gardens will come together for a one-day celebration of farming and gardening... > more

A season of special films for all to see
- THE transformation of a face from young innocence to that mis-shaped by harrowing times takes place... > more

The Heath for all seasons
- HAMPSTEAD Heath once attracted inquisitive crowds with a ski jump complete with real snow imported from Norway. > more

Food foraging in the wilds of Hampstead
- IT may not sound very appetising but the Judas’ ear fungus is something we could all be eating, if only... > more

Pupil scoops care prize
- A CHILDCARE student at Parliament Hill School has scooped a runners-up award in a prestigious national competition to find... > more

Summer Uni is a lesson to all of us
- BRAZILIAN jiu jitsu, movie special effects and a driving school were just some of the exciting courses on offer which... > more

The tangled lives of two great composers
- DID composer Robert Schumann ever know the extent of the relationship between his wife, the brilliant... > more

Stopping social exclusion
- LANGUAGE barriers and a shortage of skills mean that Bangladeshi women are more likely to be unemployed than any... > more

Record numbers hit top grades across borough
- MORE than half of the students taking GCSEs this year had reason to cheer after record numbers... > more

Working to improve black pupils’ results
- BLACK school children who underachieve are being failed by the school system and action must be taken to tackle... > more

Taking swipe at the traditional subjects
- THERE aren’t many college courses where you’d spend the entire lesson trying to slice someone apart... > more

The top Professor who failed his exams
- AS Head of Philosophy at University College London, you might expect Professor Jonathan Wolff to have left sixth... > more

It’s one El of a boost for those with special needs
- ONCE upon a time people with learning difficulties would have been locked up in institutions... > more

Student care award
- A CHILDCARE student at Parliament Hill School has scooped a runners-up award in a prestigious national competition to find the... > more

Top brass is back thanks to student
- AN enterprising former pupil of University College School, Hampstead, is set to revive its jazz tradition this autumn. > more

A Third way to approach education
- AT the University of the Third Age there are no exams and no certificates because members don’t need them... > more

Our cities need fresh ideas
- A CRITICAL shortage of skilled workers in regeneration has prompted London Metropolitan University to introduce an MA... > more

Science just got better
- A GROUNDBREAKING science centre is to open in Bloomsbury this autumn to boost the subject in London schools. > more

Peter squashes court abilities into business
- HE was the world’s number one squash player, and now at the age of 33, Peter Nicol is embarking on a new... > more

Hope grows on trees
- AT Camden Garden Centre, education goes hand-in-hand with the job for some of the staff. > more

Clear the minefield of disappointing A-levels
- FORTY-THREE thousand students gain admission to university through clearing each year, a process that... > more

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