Are we damaging our children through learning?

Posted on March 19th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

How can we ensure that our children learn more effectively, and have a better quality of life as adults?

There are many ways our society is damaging children’s learning. Among them as discussed at the Croydon Assembly/National Union of Education event on Saturday 24th February are funding cuts, testing, the lowering of qualifications needed by teachers, the adverse effects of increasing poverty and poor housing, the lack … Read More »

Three missed opportunities to sort out children’s social care

Posted on February 5th, by Tim Pollard in Politics & Society. 3 comments

The council’s management of children’s services is failing badly

Croydon Labour council leader Tony Newman, and the cabinet member for children, families and learning, Councillor Alisa Flemming, missed no fewer than three opportunities to intervene to correct falling standards in the department in the run-up to the council failing its Ofsted inspection of children’s services last summer. I am now the leader of the Conservative … Read More »

What do Croydon’s children think about libraries?

Posted on June 8th, by Sean Creighton in Politics & Society. 5 comments

Sean Creighton sat down with a small group of small people, and they had big ideas for Croydon’s libraries

Croydon Council’s consultation on the future of libraries ended on 16th May. Largely based on involvement of the public via the internet, the exercise did not involve any specific method to find out the views of children.

The future of libraries partly depends on developing … Read More »

I would make Croydon better by… March 2016

Posted on March 9th, by The Croydon Citizen in Politics & Society. No Comments

How could Croydon be improved? We want your suggestions today! Email us at

In 2014 we launched a campaign to get your suggestions to make Croydon a better place, and it’s still going strong. From the beginning, a big part of the Citizen has been about proposing concrete, achievable solutions to the town’s problems and we are delighted that so many have responded so positively. We … Read More »