Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
Tables show number and proportion of young people aged 16-18 who are not in
employment, education or training (NEET). Also in the spreadsheet are figures
for those aged 16-24 by region and 'NUTS2/3' areas.
The Government has produced data on GCSE attainment for 2011-2012. See here. In islington there were 1,460 pupils of that age. 78.8% got 5+ A* to C grades; 53.6% got 5+ A* to C grades including English and Maths; 97.2% got 5+ A* to G grades and 95.4% got 5+ A* to G grades including English and Maths and 10.6% achieved the English Baccalaureate.
This table shows numbers of people who have used and never used the internet broken down by borough, age ethnicity, pay, occupation, qualifications and disability. 13.2% of adults in London have never used the internet and 23.4% of people of Bangladeshi origin. In Islington 22,000 adults are estimated never to have used the internet in 2012 - compared to 151,000 that have.
This report from the Mayor of London explores the challenges facing London's schools. Describes the Inquiry's consultation process, which involved: a call for evidence from schools and other key stakeholders; a survey of headteachers from primary and secondary schools, including academies; and a series of seminars with teaching and youth employment experts. Discusses key findings and makes recommendations under three main headings: promoting excellent teaching in all London schools; preparing young Londoners for life and work in a global city; and a good school place for every London child. Suggests that London schools already perform well against the national average, particularly for poorer pupils. Highlights that while progress has been made in improving the behaviour of pupils overall, there are still variations across schools and boroughs, and between pupils with different characteristics. Looks at how to improve education provision through the city's cultural resources. Proposes the introduction of a 'gold club' of schools, which would identify those whose performance stands out from other schools operating in a similar context. Highlights a need to increase: literacy and numeracy skills; uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) study; and collaboration between the business and education sectors. Includes case studies of: partnerships between state and independent schools, aimed at raising the aspiration and attainment levels of pupils; and examples of innovation from local authorities. Emphasises the importance of free schools in the face of primary school place shortages. Looks at forthcoming reforms to school funding, including an increase in the pupil premium allocation.
Admissions arrangements are formally agreed or ‘determined’ by Islington Council and are used to process applications for places at Islington schools. The admissions policy for community schools are set and applied by Islington Council. The admissions criteria for voluntary-aided schools are set and applied by their own governing bodies. See here for policies for admisssions for the 2012/3 year and here for the 2013/4 year.
Local authorities are required to produce an annual report on admissions for all the schools in their area for which they coordinate admissions. This has to be published locally by each local authority and sent to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator by 30 June each year following the completion of that year's admissions round. The report can be accessed here.
Every year Islington offers many free adult and family learning courses across the Adult and Community Learning (ACL) Centres in Islington. We have now combined our learning offer with City and Islington College to offer an even greater selection of courses, providing better opportunities for you to develop skills, gain confidence, get a job or prepare for further education.
Courses delivered at the ACL learning venues remain free, but there are now additional free and low cost courses offered by the College.
There are hundreds of courses to choose from, including English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English, maths, computers, courses to help you prepare for employment and much more. These courses are for Islington residents or parents with children in Islington schools. You must be 19 or over, unemployed or low-waged and receiving benefits to qualify.
College courses are open to everyone. Many are free for those in receipt of Job Seeker's Allowance or unemployed on benefits and where fees apply you may be eligible for financial support.