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EFA students and teachers protest together: adult education must not be cut.

30 Apr

“This is important” said Southwark student Razna on the way to the protest. “Today, they cut 24% but in five years, there will be nothing. Adult education, nothing”.

Indeed, the Association of Colleges (AOC) has made the same warning, predicting that “adult education and training in England will not exist by 2020 if the government continues with its swathe of cuts.”

This is why on Saturday 25th EFA students from Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth joined EFA teachers to march on City Hall. The Government has announced plans to cut adult education by 24%, on top of the cuts that have reduced adult education budgets by a third since 2010. Some of our students remember adult education before these cuts. “In 2007 the good thing was the [Further Education] college was free and the creche was free” remembers Samilla. “Now you have to pay for both of them not free”.

Here are some photo highlights from the day:

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Notre Dame girls on school in the UK

18 Oct

Some of the girls at Notre Dame School are preparing a presentation for the parents. Here are some of the things they want to talk about.

Things to know about

  • Holidays
  • After school clubs
  • Free activities
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Parents’ evenings
  • Foreign languages and early GCSE in native languages
  • Translation is available so that children do not have to translate for parents
  • School timetable


Some important differences

  • There is more of an emphasis on practical learning and less on rote learning. This might make parents think that schools in the UK are not as good as abroad and that children are less advanced, but it is just another way of teaching and learning.
  • There is less pressure on children in UK schools. This is good and bad. Children have more time to do homework and have more time to sleep!
  • There are differences in punishments and responsibilities
  • There is not enough reading aloud in UK schools
  • There are more prizes, rewards, merits etc. in UK schools


Tips for parents:

  • Test your children to help them revise
  • Make little revision booklets with important information
  • Record information
  • Make songs to help remember information
  • Classic music helps concentration!

Free School meals

19 Sep

English for Action is delighted that free school meals for infant children will be rolled out across the borough. We have championed free school meals in Southwark, the first borough to provide free school meals for primary age children (years 1-4). In May we met with the deputy director of children’s services and congratulated her for promoting free school meals and encouraged the council to extend the policy to nursery and Year 5-6 children. Now let’s persuade the three main political parties to include free school meals for all primary school children (not just year 1 and 2) in their election manifestos.

Back at the mosque

19 Sep

It was great to kick off at Camberwell Mosque again yesterday. We had eleven students and three volunteers (thanks to Steve, Waheed and Abdul). We started in a circle and shared stories about ourselves. We found out that Hamed wants to be a bus driver but doesn’t have a driving licence, Dermot has failed his driving test three times and counting, and that Jose was born in Venezuela but has built a life in Italy. At the end of the class Titi made an impassioned speech demanding computers to support her learning. Anyone got any laptops to donate??