Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Wondering how to keep your children entertained and educated during lockdown? Here are seven useful resources to keep them from climbing up the walls.

On the first full week of schools being closed Redbridge Council has put out tips for parents to keep children educated, entertained and connected to family and friends while indoors.

Building work is under way on a new special school in Newbury Park - and the chief executive of the school’s trust Louise Parr gave the Recorder the latest on the project.

Downing Street has announced the closure of all schools in England from Friday afternoon, March 20.

Caterham High School has four possible cases of coronavirus but is remaining open to follow government guidelines.

College students hope to reduce waste by creating “smart-bins” that financially reward people for not littering.

Young people in Redbridge have a safe place to hang out after school thanks to a £290,000 government grant.

Students and parents braved the rain to protest perceived failings from the trust that runs their Chadwell Heath school after it closed for a coronavirus deep clean in the midst of a turnover of its governing body.

College students showcased their work at an exhibition in Ilford.

The outgoing Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed the problem of homelessness in Ilford while visiting a school with Ilford South MP Sam Tarry.

Parents and staff at a Chadwell Heath Catholic primary school are opposing plans to convert it to an academy as a strike is pending following a public meeting.

Children across the borough who might not have a hot meal at home were given a golden ticket to get fit and fed over half term.

Parents and staff at a Chadwell Heath Catholic primary school are opposing plans to convert it to an academy.

For mental health week pupils at an Ilford primary school showed that brave kids share their worries proudly.

An Ilford school will keep its current number of special needs places following a council consultation which proposed to axe its special needs provision.

A Hainault school was treated to a special visit from the founder of a health initiative that has inspired more than 2.3million children across 78 countries to get fit for 15 minutes a day.

An Ilford youth club has launched a weekly mental health counselling service, providing a safe space for young people, staff and volunteers to open up.

A bright teenager from Newbury Park has secured a £38,000 scholarship to a top fee-paying school - less than a decade after living in the loft in his mum’s friend’s house.

An Ilford woman who has fought to get more BAME women into sport was awarded a Spirit of Britain award for her sterling work.

A Seven Kings primary school has seen its Ofsted rating upgraded to Good for the first time in more than 10 years.

After six years of research a Clayhall author tells the untold story of the Sikh involvement in the First World War through the soldiers’ own words.

A South Woodford nursery says it will build on its strengths and focus on what needs to be improved after being told it Requires Improvement by Ofsted inspectors.

The number of fines handed out to parents taking their children out of schools in Havering and Redbridge during term-time has risen in the past five years.

The day after the 75th anniversary of being liberated from a concentration camp a holocaust survivor shared her story of courage and resilience with students.

A new president has been announced for the Probus Club of Ilford in a special anniversary year for the organisation.

A Woodford Bridge school which provides education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school has been rated Good by Ofsted, three years on from 
being told it required improvements.

A primary school has received a national award for a scheme that is sending 18 east London teachers overseas.

Devastated parents have launched a petition to save a much-loved Chigwell nursery which announced on Tuesday it was closing due to financial reasons.

Primary school pupils raised more than £1,400 for a hospital charity thanks to their Reindeer Run.

A Recorder reporter was invited to Goodmayes Primary School to teach Year 6 pupils how to write a news story about a big housing development on their doorstep.

Retailers in Redbridge have been pledging their support for a pan-London initiative to stop underage knife sales.

A cook who helped prepare more than 1.3 million hot dinners during her near three decades at a Chigwell school has retired.

An Ilford school which has been a designated site for disabled children for the past 30 years has spoken out against the council’s proposals to remove its specialist provision.

A university lecturer has launched a new service to help people with disabilities, their parents, carers and support staff find vital information and support easily.

A new digital literacy initiative aims to teach Redbridge residents new skills and boost employment.

One of the country’s first female design and technology teachers has been recognised as an outstanding leader over more than 40 years of service.

An academy with campuses in Chadwell Heath and Goodmayes has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.

Several children are sick with the flu and suspected norovirus at a Woodford Green primary school.

The pride of Redbridge gathered to be honoured again this year as the town hall hosted the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards, given to young people to celebrate their achievements.

School students from across the borough have been invited to a special ceremony at Redbridge Town Hall to celebrate their hard work and achievements.

Boys aged 10-15 in Redbridge are most likely to be exploited by criminals operating in the borough and forced to deal drugs, buy weapons or join gangs, a new council report reveals.

A school’s head of finance tried to “maximise” the number of pupils to get more government cash.

Redbridge Council is proposing to build new special needs units for children at three mainstream schools in the borough.

A young woman from Ilford who was awarded as a Rising Young Star for her commitment to getting more girls involved in Stem subjects at an early age is our Recorder/Rotary Young Citizen nominee this week.

Pupils from three Redbridge schools were given a taste of life in the aviation industry at a special event.


After the recent political turbulence, 2020 might feel like a fresh start but many of those keen to sell or let property this year may still have concerns.

The weekday routine of most working parents needs to run like clockwork but often resembles a circus. If that routine involves any under 5s, you may need all the help you can get.

Defence classes for children such as Krav Maga are fun, healthy activities that can reduce the risk of bullying, build self-confidence and teach discipline

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