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Future of university education report

Brown reports on university education

 

Lord Browne’s report into the future of university education reports today. With yesterday’s CEHR report identifying that eight per cent of Black students are at Russell Group institutions, compared to 24 per cent of White students today’s finding will only increase interest in the disparity in opportunities between students from different backgrounds.
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Rio Ferdinand: less police will have a “massive impact”

rio speaks out

Footballer Rio Ferdinand has always been known for his social commentary away from the football pitch.  Most recently his outspokenness over the problem of violent crime and gang culture among young people has led to concerned expressions over cuts to the Police budget.

The Metropolitan Police is now facing a deficit of nearly £470 million and it is expected that there will be a reduction of the number of officers on the streets.  According to sources there will be 900 fewer officers on London’s streets this financial year. Continue reading

King pledges to support Black boys & tackle gang culture

King - supporting Black boys

Labour Mayoral candidate Oona King has pledged to support plans and schemes to help young Black boys should she be successful in her bid to become labour’s candidate for the 2012 Mayoral election and become London’s first female and Black Mayor. Continue reading

New measures needed to tackle youth crime

Umunna: tackle youth crime

According to the Metropolitan Police the number of casualties from youth crime so far this year in the capital is still a major cause for concern:

This year in the capital has seen 15 teenage homicides, 1230 knife crime victims, and 145 gun crime victims (non-fatal). Continue reading

Prof Gus John backs black schools

Prof Gus John

Prof Gus John, fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education at the University of London, is supporting a weeklong conference that is set to challenge the stereotypes of black youth in the educational system. Continue reading

Deptford headteacher deserves praise not outrage

Photograph: Jeff Moore

Mark Elms - well paid, well deserved

National outrage has been provoked about the pay packet of a Primary school head teacher, Mark Elms from Deptford, South London.

Surprisingly the biggest cry of disdain has been from a union, whose role is to protect its member’s wages and improve their working lives. Continue reading

Where is our public health campaign on youth violence?

Viv Ahmun

Fifteen-year old Zac Olumegbon brings the tally of deaths this year of young people shot or stabbed to death by other young people to thirteen.

As we wring our hands over the death of yet another child, those of us with the knowledge and expertise in this area of social policy must ask ourselves why we have let things get so bad. Continue reading