By Lena de Casparis
By Enjoli Liston
As the winter nights draw in, it’s not surprising many kids are keen to abandon outdoor sports for computer games.
In a groundbreaking new initiative, Southwark Council is using sports simulation games on the Nintendo Wii console to encourage children to take up the same activities in real life.
By Louise Ridley
Teachers in the UK will not strike next week despite voting ‘yes’ to industrial action, in a move that may reflect the difficulties of campaigning in economic recession.
The ballot of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) was won by a slim majority of 52% after 200,000 members of the union were asked if they wanted to strike over fair pay.
Meeting on Wednesday, the NUT executive decided not to take action, stating that they felt the union might be divided by a call to strike based on such a slim majority.
Martin Powell-Davies, Lewisham NUT Secretary, said he feared the decision would reinforce the idea that workers have to “tighten their belts” to pay for the economic crisis.
“We are the victims of the crisis. Lewisham NUT will continue to campaign to defend public sector workers’ living standards, and to improve conditions for teachers and students,” he said.
By Louise Ridley
Internet scammers have stolen thousands of pounds from debt-ridden local students, The Platform can reveal.
Over the last month, six students from Goldsmiths college, New Cross, lost a total of £8505 when they responded to emails claiming to be from the Student Loans Company (SLC) requesting their bank details.
A SLC spokesperson said: “We believe that the phishing emails were sent on September 10.” He continued: “As soon as we were made aware of the incident, we contacted the company hosting the site and asked them to take it down.” The website has since been removed.