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Contact the mayor To contact the mayor, call his office on 7364 4993 or email him at mayor@towerhamlets.gov.uk73 www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/mayor News No hit squad here IT has been a busy couple of weeks for the council with the national spotlight on us and the Best Value Inspection report which came out recently. I would like to reassure residents that the council is not being taken over by a “hit squad” as some sections of the media have inaccurately reported. The council is putting together a response to the findings of the report. We will work to adresss any weaknesses in administrative processes and I welcome independent advice to strengthen our policies. The council continues to deliver excellent services, winning national awards and gaining international recognition. We will continue to focus on what matters most, which is good public services for all our residents. Our young people will be celebrated for their outstanding academic studies at the Mayor’s Education Achievement Ceremony on November 25. The celebratory gala will look back on a year that has seen yet more exams success, new schools being opened and large numbers of local students getting into university. This year I have great pleasure in announcing Perri Shakes- Drayton as our guest speaker. Perri, from Bow, is a 400m runner and hurdler who competed at London 2012. I hope she will inspire our youngsters to aim high and be ambitious. The Season of Bangla Drama is underway and this year the festival has a packed programme of 22 events –musicals, plays, talks and an exhibition. It runs until November 30. The council has been working hard to regenerate the borough, not just investing in multi million pound large-scale developments, but looking locally and promoting town centres. Over the coming months Roman Road will be spruced up to encourage new businesses and boost the local economy. The historic road will also have a Winter Festival from December 4-7 with carolling, festive food, live music and movies. Enjoy the festivities to come. Mayor Lutfur Rahman Support for hearing issues Action On Hearing Loss provides expert support for people with hearing loss and tinnitus. It also campaigns to change public policy around hearing loss issues. www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk Creative kids are appy to enjoy digital future BY SAM GOUGH THE mayor has praised schools in the borough for the way they have embraced computing and the digital agenda. In September 2014, children from the age of five began to learn coding and programming at school. This was the result of the new national curriculum for computing that was introduced in England this term. Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “The borough’s schools are enthusiastically equipping children with the creative skills that will enable them to go really far in the future. “What I find most inspiring is that teachers in the borough are getting really creative about these things. “They’re talking to each other, learning from each other, and trying to make sure students are accessing the best education around this new subject.” At a recent digital leaders event at the Rainmaking Loft, St Katharine Docks, the leaders of computing teaching and learning in Tower Hamlets discussed their success stories so far in the term. Simon Neville, from Thomas Buxton, and Tom Palmer, from Mowlem, talk about raspberry pie computer Two such examples include: Chen Lee and Andrea Corbett from Old Palace and Bow Schools, linked year 6 and 7 students to develop an app Sarah Plowman and Leona Tran from Wellington and Marner Schools, discussed their video link-up project which saw children from the two schools contacting and critiquing their respective renderings of Roald Dahl’s The Twits. The delegates also listened to the talks from digital gurus including Carrie Ann Philbin from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Bob Usher from the London Grid for Learning, Filippo Yacob from Solid Labs. A local start-up showcased Primo, a programming interface which teaches programming logic to children aged three to seven. Cllr Gulam Robbani, cabinet member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Education is important in the borough and our schools are thriving. “This event is one example of best practice with teacahers meeting digital innovators and start-ups in the area and get tingideas off them.” Hearing you loud and clear THE council has been awarded the Louder than Words charter mark by leading UK c h a r i t y Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID). The award is in recognition of its excellent service to customers and employees who are deaf or have hearing loss. All Tower Hamlets One Stop Shops are now equipped with hearing loops to improve communication with hearing aid users, and British Sign Language interpreters can be provided for all customers upon request. One Stop Shop staff have also been trained in deaf and hard of hearing awareness to make sure people with hearing loss are welcomed and can be confident of being able to easily access council services. The Tower Hamlets Contact Centre also now welcomes calls from people using Text Relay services which enable textphone users to easily contact the council by phone. The council met ten quality standards to achieve the award, including training staff to communicate with customers with hearing loss, meeting requests for communication support when needed and using appropriate equipment for staff and customers. Cllr Alibor Choudhury, cabinet member for resources, said: “With one in six people facing hearing loss or deafness in the UK, this is an important step towards the council meeting the needs of all our residents. I am delighted that we have achieved the Louder than Words charter mark.” Kate Bull, Action on Hearing Loss’ executive director of commercial services, said: “We’re urging businesses to take Tower Hamlets lead by making themselves accessible to best meet the needs of each and every one of their clients and customers.” To find out more visit www.actiononhearing.org.uk/ business CITY REALTOR The Landlords Choice TURN KEY SERVICE Leave the keys with us and we will take care of the rest PRICE PROMISE We will beat your current deal ARMCHAIR INVESTMENT Sit back and watch your investment grow £500 CASH ON SIGNING No commission, no voids, no stress Free refurbishment + maintenance Dedicated management + maintenance team Professional vetted tenants only Bespoke packages to suit your needs TREAT YOURSELF 3 MONTHS RENT IN ADVANCE GUARANTEED RENT 020 7790 7702 to www.cityrealtor.co.uk | admin@cityrealtor.co.uk 52 Cannon Street Road, London E1 0BH in 6 NEWS FROM TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL AND YOUR COMMUNITY 17 – 23 NOVEMBER 2014


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