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My name is Nicky Dixon, and I live in Lewisham with my family. My children attend Lewisham schools. I joined CASE NEC in September 2015 as I wanted to be part of a campaign group trying to protect our national education system.

I decided to create this Newsletter to share information with parents about government plans and news of our schools. My aim is to create monthly newsletters with sections on Government Developments / Local schools / Academy Watch.

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The Future State of Education in Greenwich

A packed meeting  of parents, teachers, governors, heads and councillors at Charlton House on Monday 17th October heard a range of speakers championing our local schools and questioning the impact government policies are having on them.

Speakers included Des Malone, the recently retired head of the popular John Roan School, and Chris Dunne from the Campaign for State Education, along with Miranda Williams, the cabinet member for children and young people in Greenwich, and Professor Kathryn Riley from UCL. All were agreed that we have good local schools that work best as a family. There was also agreement that the re-introduction of grammar schools will do nothing to raise standards locally.

Miranda Williams spoke about the impressive results Greenwich schools have achieved through working with the local authority, and Des Malone about what makes a good school.

Chris Dunne pointed out that the UK already has some of the best schools in the world according to the international measures in the PISA tables. We are second only to Finland in Europe, and sixth overall in the world - figures we should be applauding rather than  criticizing our schools and teachers.

The meeting concluded by agreeing to establish a local branch of the Campaign for State Education http://www.campaignforstateeducation.org.uk/  to keep people in Greenwich and across South-East London informed about changes and to support schools, staff and governors at this time of disruption.

Report by John Galloway

Issue No. 1 - The Education White Paper

Issue No. 2 - The ‘u-turn’, Lewisham Education Commission

Issue No. 3 - What Justine Greening should focus on

Issue No. 4 - News from Parliament etc

Issue No. 5 - Let’s Celebrate Our Schools etc

Issue No. 6 - Briefing on Funding Cuts