Cameron’s so-called extremist Imam campaigned for TORIES at last election

…or how a few pictures are worth any number of words and any amount of hot air.

Pride's Purge

At prime minister’s questions today, David Cameron accused Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan of appearing with a London Imam who supports ISIS.

Only one problem. The Imam in question – Suliman Gani – does not support ISIS.

In fact he thinks they’re “evil”:

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And even more amazingly, Gani actually supported – and even canvassed for – the Tories at the last general election:

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Here he is with Tory candidate Dan Watkins:

Gani And here he is with Tory MP Tania Mathias:gani 1

And here he is with Zac Goldsmith himself:

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The Tories are so desperate – or arrogant – they think they can win elections with outright lies and smears. We cannot rely on our biased media to show the truth. 

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Five Reasons Why I’m Trekking Across Iceland for CoppaFeel

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In August, I’m trekking 60km across Iceland (the country, not the supermarket) to raise money for a small but perfectly formed charity named CoppaFeel! Despite the daunting prospect of sore knees, blisters, sleep deprivation from the four hours of nightly darkness and the small matter of raising £2,695, I’m up for the challenge. 

Here’s why:

1. The story behind CoppaFeel! is inspiring

CoppaFeel! was set up by twin sisters Kris and Maren Hallenga. When Kris found out she had breast cancer at 23 years old, she also discovered the cancer had spread to other parts of her body and was incurable. Kris is now 30 years old and frequently refers to “living with cancer” – not dying from it. I can confirm this is 100% true – despite the fact the disease is all over her body and she spends much of her time in and out of hospitals, Kris Hallenga is…

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Why SATs are bad for our children

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There are many moments that have stayed with me from my ten years of teaching. The overwhelming majority of them are positive, but there is one in particular that has been circling around my head the past few days that makes me feel so sad about what current government policy is doing to our children’s experience of learning.

Early on in the first term of Year Seven, I often broached the question to my English class “What makes good writing?”. It’s a big question, and not one I ever expected to hear answered in its entirety, but still the responses that I got were pretty telling. The particular set of responses I remember was from Autumn 2012, just before I disappeared on maternity leave. Fresh from SATs preparation, hands shot up as I wrote the question on the board, and the answers spilled out proudly into the classroom: “varied sentence starters”, “correct use of conjunctions”…

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A Letter to the Education Secretary

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My child is not a genius. He’s fairly bright at best,

He doesn’t have attainment medals glowing from his chest,

He’s pretty well behaved – at least, I don’t hear that he’s naughty –

He’s not a music prodigy, or known for being sporty.

He’s reading not too badly, can decipher what’s on signs,

His writing’s not too scrawly if he keeps between the lines,

He doesn’t have additional needs as far as I can tell,

And up to yesterday, I thought that he was doing well.

But then I got the test results, and thanks to you, I’ve learned

That instead of being proud, I really ought to be concerned.

A five year old that reads and writes seemed pretty good to me –

(Even though he gets confused between the letters B and D)

But it seems he’s way behind, and the levels that he meets

Only indicate…

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A letter of support for our campaign from a current Primary Headteacher in England

“We are expected to teach our children incorrect grammar and punctuation so that they will score highly in the tests. This is ludicrous!”

Let Our Kids Be Kids

Please take time to read, share, print and retweet the following to as many people as you know as the following is from a current Primary Headteacher in England who supports the action we are taking as parents but has asked to stay anonymous…

Hi,

I am the headteacher of a single form entry primary school on a council estate. I am writing to give my support to your campaign and to explain why.

For some time I have been disillusioned by the high stakes testing regime in our schools which acts against an effective primary education.

In our Nursery and Reception Classes children are full of wonder and show determination and resilience. Children in our Early Years spend the majority of their time outdoors. They confidently choose the resources they need and solve their own problems. Having achieved this level of curiosity, independence and love of learning, we then seem…

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Example of why people are joining us in SUPPPORT of schools & Teachers on May 3rd

For Emphasis: SUPPPORT!
(iPhone hates it but I rather like it.)

Let Our Kids Be Kids

One from many examples of why people are joining in on May 3rd…

My son is actually stressed out – he’s panicking that he’s going to fail these tests. I do everything I can to reassure him but the pressure has got to him anyway…. I’m joining in on May 3rd to show him I’m sticking up for him. I want… time to be a child not to be tested.

Support Schools and Teachers on May 3rd here

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Worried about how you’ll explain your child’s absence to your school on May 3rd?

Let Our Kids Be Kids

If you are worried about how you’ll explain your child’s absence to your school please read this…

https://letthekidsbekids.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/3rd-may-absence-letter-for-parents/

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