Basildon Academies still failing with Upper Academy 'not making enough progress'

Echo: Interim Principal Bev Bell Interim Principal Bev Bell

AN EDUCATION watchdog says the failing Basildon Academies is not “making enough progress” in trying to get out of special measures.

Ofsted released its monitoring report on the school yesterday after making visits to the Upper and Lower Academies in January.

It criticised teaching, the behaviour of pupils and leadership at the failing school and said urgent attention was needed in regard to the Sixth Form, where a lack of subject specialists has led to students underacheiving.

It also reported a lack of effectiveness on the governing body, which is chaired by Les Livermore who earns £60,000 a year.

In his report inspector Adrian Lyons said: “The academy is not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures.”

He also found “the pace of improvement has not been rapid enough”. He added: “There is still too much teaching that requires improvement, mainly because teachers’ expectations about how much students can achieve in a lesson are too low.

Parents also believe slow progress is being made to turn the school around.

Alison Cunningham whose son Bradley Jarrett, 16, attends the sixth form, said: “I know a lot of the sixth formers aren’t happy with how things are progressing. There is a clear lack of leadership at the school and I find it amazing that there isn’t a more urgent approach from teachers and those in charge. The students are suffering because of their failings.”

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4:06pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Cosmo Spring says...

maybe the fault lies in the calibre of pupil rather than the teaching staff....
maybe the fault lies in the calibre of pupil rather than the teaching staff.... Cosmo Spring
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6:31pm Fri 15 Feb 13

William S says...

but then why is Chair of Governors earning 60K allowed to remain in post if he is clearly part of the problem not solution.!!!
but then why is Chair of Governors earning 60K allowed to remain in post if he is clearly part of the problem not solution.!!! William S
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7:19pm Mon 18 Feb 13

spectator says...

Cosmo Spring's comment is nonsense - it is impossible for the caliibre of student to be any different to anywhere else, you will get the same percentage of bright, average and below average intelligence wherever you go in the world. Demographics just don't come into it. The only difference is the quality of teaching by parents and then by formal education.

There is a thread that runs through all the troubles of these academies since their inception - Les Livermore and the sponsor, Martin Finegold.......
Cosmo Spring's comment is nonsense - it is impossible for the caliibre of student to be any different to anywhere else, you will get the same percentage of bright, average and below average intelligence wherever you go in the world. Demographics just don't come into it. The only difference is the quality of teaching by parents and then by formal education. There is a thread that runs through all the troubles of these academies since their inception - Les Livermore and the sponsor, Martin Finegold....... spectator
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3:53pm Mon 25 Feb 13

John T Pharro says...

William S wrote:
but then why is Chair of Governors earning 60K allowed to remain in post if he is clearly part of the problem not solution.!!!
Chair of Governors £60000 compared with the Chair of Governors the school I am a Governor at receives nothing. Neither has any Governor claimed any expenses in the 7 years I have been a Governor. We got outstanding at our last Ofsted. We are not an Academy either. Schools are pushed to become an Academy. It clearly doesn't always work does it? As for free schools run by parents what happens if they start failing? I personally feel any school Governor should receive no salary at all, just my opinion, sure others will disagree.
[quote][p][bold]William S[/bold] wrote: but then why is Chair of Governors earning 60K allowed to remain in post if he is clearly part of the problem not solution.!!![/p][/quote]Chair of Governors £60000 compared with the Chair of Governors the school I am a Governor at receives nothing. Neither has any Governor claimed any expenses in the 7 years I have been a Governor. We got outstanding at our last Ofsted. We are not an Academy either. Schools are pushed to become an Academy. It clearly doesn't always work does it? As for free schools run by parents what happens if they start failing? I personally feel any school Governor should receive no salary at all, just my opinion, sure others will disagree. John T Pharro
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