Radical action taken by school as it excludes 25 pupils in one month after it was slated by Ofsted (From Echo)
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Radical action taken by school as it excludes 25 pupils in one month after it was slated by Ofsted
10:10am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
SOUTHEND Council says it is considering a more “radical approach” to driving up standards at Futures Community College after 25 pupils were excluded in a month.
The council said it was “disappointed”
after a new Ofsted report said the school, in Southchurch Boulevard, was still not improving, despite being branded inadequate a year ago.
The report also revealed 100 pupils have been removed from lessons with 25 exclusions taking place.
The school says the high number of exclusions is down to a newly implemented behaviour strategy.
Phil Warner, Southend Council’s learning support team leader, said: “Clearly, we’re disappointed, especially as we’ve been working closely with the school and its governing body to make improvements, but acknowledge that progress has been slow.
“Consequently our next step is to contemplate a more radical approach, designed to ensure significant advances are achieved by the end of this academic year.”
A letter from inspector John Mitcheson, made public this week following a visit on October 10, said: “Having considered all the evidence, I am of the opinion that at this time the school is not making enough progress towards the removal of serious weaknesses.
“The local authority’s statement of action is not fit for purpose.
“The school may not appoint newly qualified teachers before the next inspection.”
It adds: “In lessons, very little disruptive behaviour was seen.
However, the school’s own data shows that, so far this term, over 100 students have been removed from lessons and 25 have been excluded from school.”
Stephen Capper, headteacher at the school, said he was disappointed with the latest findings.
He added: “We are confident that our work to improve standards at Futures is both relentless and determined.
“The quality of teaching is improving and we have introduced a new behaviour strategy with much higher standards expected of students.
“Some have found this difficult hence the increased exclusion rate at the start of term.”
He said that investment had been made into facilities to help achieve progress, adding: “It takes time to improve a school and we are set on a firm course for change.”
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