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Posted: 10 Mar 2014 at 4:35pm by Terry
IES Breckland school has been found inadequate by Ofsted and placed in special measures.

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Hi,

My name is Elodie Harper and I work for ITV - are there any parents from IES Breckland who would be able to speak to me about their concerns?  I'm on elodie.harper@itv.com.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote malnik Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2014 at 9:10pm by malnik
My goodness Elodie......you need to read lots of comments, I know there are many that will be ready to be super critical!!!! Sadly I think more in relation to idealism and anti government sentiment. 

Lets see if we can get an unbiased report. 

But I doubt it.


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Right...now i've read Terrys summary. 

I think a lot of it goes back to the old Breckland. The school where everyone loved Mr Reid and his team...but secretly knew it wasnt really much good. The Emperors new clothes. No one dare say it for fear of alienation. Results of course, bore that out.
Just changing the name and bringing in a new team....its not going to change overnight. Its still the same disruptive pupils. Still the same parents who side with the child rather than the teacher. So in effect, poor Mr Reid was stuck...like many schools....having to deal ineffectively with no consequence to behaviour.

In comes a new team.....and it looks like they had serious issues! Not just with the children...but it seems the governors were blinded by something. Perhaps the idealism of being a new idea??? So they stepped away.......

Lets name and shame the governors. They clearly havent done their job.

And SABRES? Lots of questions there. I understand Mr Bishop and his family are well entrenched here? Its time for the Bishop dynasty to step aside. Yes...we all are grateful for the new cemetery and the street lights. But actually, they have let this happen. How I dont know. All I know is that under their watch, its failed significantly.

So, where to now? We are where we are. Time to re-group and fix it. New Head Teacher. Surely now the doom sayers are right....time to get behind it and work towards making it the best. And as parents, stick with the teachers and ensure our children are not disruptive and behaviour improves. Because in my opinion, thats the foundation. Every stakeholder was concerned about behaviour.
Or will we be engrossed in a chase to find out who is at fault and let the future slip past us.......

At least the maths results were good...........
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This is our MP Matthew Hancock's response to the IES Ofsted report.
 
We will all sleep better tonight with this level of insight and hands on involvement.
 
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These are the responses from principal Alison Tilbrook on the points made by Ofsted...

Too many students fail to make sufficient progress and they do not attain the standards of which they are capable.
We are recruiting new subject specialists and implementing an enhanced programme for continual professional development lead by our vice principal and a consultant brought in from IES.  Many of the lessons that were criticised were in departments where we are currently recruiting a new head. Heads of department will have improving teaching and learning within their departments as a priority and will strive to support improvement among their new teams.  

Teaching is inadequate. It does not expect enough of the students. The work set for students is based on an inaccurate understanding of what they can do. In some instances, for example in English, the standard of students' work has declined since they started at the school.
While a quarter of lessons were deemed inadequate, some were seen to be outstanding.
All staff are being observed by me as principal with a view to identifying key areas where they can be supported to improve or where changes are needed. We are currently recruiting a new Head of English and supporting improvements within the department is a priority for the school and will be a priority for the head of department.

Too many students have experienced frequent changes of teacher. In autumn 2013, the departure of some key staff, including the Principal, seriously disrupted the education provided by the school.
This Ofsted inspection came in the middle of a process of change at the school, strengthening the leadership and teaching staff.  This is an ongoing process which sees some upheaval in the short-term in order to produce a long-term result. While there is still a long way to go, the report recognises that "IES has acted promptly to appoint a new Principal and other managers" and that "school leaders have begun to tackle some of the weaknesses identified by inspectors."

Behaviour is inadequate and disrupts some lessons. Students, parents and staff all expressed concern about misbehaviour.
We are recruiting more new teachers who share our ambition to create a safe, calm learning environment and staff and students will work together to improve behaviour in the school.  We will be looking at this issue across the school as a whole. Behaviour policies will be reviewed by the new principal and the organisation’s chief operations officer who is currently seconded to Breckland at no cost to the trust.  We are also reviewing our positive rewards policy and consequences as part of the whole school behaviour policy. 

The school's own evaluation of the quality of teaching and student achievement is inaccurate. The school has not been able to improve because school leaders have not assessed the school's performance adequately or devised strategies to improve it.
The management of teachers' performance is ineffective. Improvement targets for individual teachers lack precision. Leaders rarely check whether teachers are making progress towards meeting their targets
We are increasing the number of dual lesson observations, using external and internal observers concurrently, to enable us to ensure accurate assessment.  The external observers will be experienced teachers and managers from other schools and will work alongside our own staff on grading, setting targets and assessing progress. All staff are being interviewed and having their lessons observed by the new Principal in order to drive improvement and ensure quality of teaching.

Governors have not ensured that the school meets requirements to keep children safe. Governors have been inquisitive but insufficiently challenging. They do not know how well the school is doing.
The governors are full of drive and determination and are playing a major part in improving their own performance. Over the first 15 months of the school there have been significant changes to the composition of the governors and trust.  However, governance has now been stable for more than five months. Governors and trust members have carried out a comprehensive review with IES management and this will be followed by an independent governance review to highlight further improvements. We have already identified weaknesses and started to bring about improvements including training for all governors through a number of scheduled courses.  All meetings are being correctly documented by an experienced clerk.

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Latest OFSTED monitoring report shows reasonable progress is being made at IES Breckland towards coming out of special measures:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/138250
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Once again lots of teacher vacancies. Is there something we should know?
only my opinion of course, but if yours differs perhaps you're mistaken!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote malnik Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2015 at 9:19pm by malnik
I saw this had reached the top of the new items and thought oh no, not again!
Its a bit misleading to have this up as the header, perhaps a new topic is called for. Change wont happen overnight......

Where are the vacancies? Just wondered what departments?
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