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How can schools recruit the best teachers?

Bradford – “How can we recruit and retain high quality staff in Bradford?” Is the topic of the next Public Forum for Education.  Speakers at the event will focus on three important areas: How do we support and develop individuals and, in so doing, increase quality across the District? Bradford’s outstanding colleagues are in demand elsewhere. How do we retain the services of the best? Outstanding leaders and colleagues create outstanding schools. How do we attract more outstanding leaders to Bradford? The forum takes place on Wednesday, 25 March from…

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St Edmund’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre is outstanding for the third time!

Bradford – St Edmund’s Nursery School and Children’s Centre is celebrating its third successive outstanding judgement following its recent Ofsted inspection.  The inspectors open the glowing report, which is judged outstanding in every category, saying:  “The exceptional executive headteacher continues to effectively lead the team in their aspirational goal of ‘nothing but the best will do for the children, families and staff’.” Executive Headteacher, Anne-Marie Merifield, has been at the helm since the first outstanding judgement was given in December 2008, then again in November 2011 and for this recent…

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Blakehill Primary School judged as ‘good’ by Ofsted

Blakehill Primary School is celebrating being judged as good for the second time following its latest Ofsted inspection. In a very complimentary report the inspectors commented on how the ‘school is improving’ and also the ‘good progress because teaching is good’. The inspectors found that a key strength of the school was its behaviour of pupils and there were outstanding examples of this. When talking of Leadership and Management, the inspectors said:  “The headteacher and assistant headteachers have a clear vision for the school to provide the best possible education. …

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Galloway locked-out of education debate

An education question time this Friday organised by the National Union of Teachers has refused to allow George Galloway on the platform, although two other MPs have been invited. “What are they afraid of?” asked Galloway. “I have been a trenchant critic of the education establishment in Bradford for three years, no one has campaigned more for change and improvement – perhaps that’s it?” The event is being held at the Bradford Technical college on Friday, from 5pm to 7pm. The speakers are Councillor Ralph Berry, Bradford’s education chief, Kevin…

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Bradford Education Chief slams UKIP criticism

UKIP’s Bradford Chairman Jason Smith called for the resignation of Cllr Ralph Berry yesterday after claiming a ‘failing education policy and the continuing decline of Bradford’s education.’ UKIP further stated, “We call upon Cllr Ralph Berry to resign his portfolio and hand over to someone who is prepared to intervene more often, be more challenging of schools, and less accepting of excuses for underperformance.” Upon contacting Mr Berry, he has rebuffed the criticism from UKIP and referred to a recent report commissioned by the local authority by education expert Professor…

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UKIP Chairman calls for the resignation of Bradford’s education chief

Speaking at UKIP’s Bradford election launch, Chairman Jason Smith called for Bradford’s education chief to resign due to his failing education policy and the continuing decline of Bradford’s education.  UKIP Bradford today released its own Bradford Education Review.  The UKIP report highlighted the below failures of Bradford’s education policy: Failed to establish a clear Pupil Premium strategy, failing the poorest and most vulnerable children in Bradford. More schools in the worst category needing support this year than last year. Failed to organise an effective committee to drive forward recommendation Failed…

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Calls for inquiry into Bradford education ‘DISASTER’

Following news that Bradford has the second-worst GCSE results in the country George Galloway has called for a wide-ranging inquiry into the comprehensive education failures in the city and dropped plans to hold his own meeting. “Education in Bradford isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse, and that’s barely possible, it’s scandalous and it certainly can’t be allowed to go on. The people responsible have to be held to account,” the Bradford West MP said. “Accordingly I am postponing my scheduled meeting, the Bradford Challenge, tomorrow evening. Neither the man at…

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