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Northern powerhouse at risk from under-performing schools

Discussion in 'Education news' started by phlogiston, Feb 23, 2016.

  1. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

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  2. coppull

    coppull New commenter

    Strange I have not heard hundreds of sackings of HT's and SMT's at Academies in Knowsle, Manchester and Rochdale,but I bet a large number of classroom teachers will have failed their PM.
  3. spencer2d

    spencer2d New commenter

    Perhaps they should read this head line the other way around, failing north power house puts schools at risk of under performing.
    Give the north the control over its own funding and direction, allow it to develop so pupils have a wide range of opportunities to aim for with better out of school lives and I wounder if results would improve.
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  4. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    There is definitely a point to be made about Trafford creaming off the more academically able from Manchester. The underperforming schools in Manchester are almost exclusively academies and in many cases have sunk further since academisation. A generation of children are being let down by academy chains that have absolutely no idea how to lead or manage schools. The arrogance of it is just breathtaking. I don't even think they are interested in children. Bunch of jokers.
  5. Futureleader

    Futureleader Occasional commenter

    I live down south. It is not under-performing north - but fantastic, high quality and over-performance down south! Well done all you southern teachers.
  6. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

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  7. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    The Northern Powerhouse is at risk - but it has little to do with schools or teachers, in my opinion.
  8. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter


    Exactly the same scenario in the West Mids, particularly the Black Country.

    Surprised it hasn't been mentioned, along with areas of the NE.
  9. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    They're waiting...
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  10. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I taught in Knowsley for 17 years a while ago. It is a tough place to learn your craft but I have some great memories of the lovely, spirited but very challenging students and committed, skilled colleagues. A fellow linguist taught in another school in the LA and when league tables were in their infancy she taught in the last placed school in Knowsley which was then last in the league . I recall her reflecting on this. We had difficulty recruiting and sometimes retaining staff. Our building was once featured in a local newspaper with the headline ' Escape from Alcatraz '. Many of the better associate schools encouraged their Y6 children to pursue their secondary careers in a neighbouring LA. I know that over the years Knowsley has experimented with alternative curruculum approaches in brand new 'designer' accommodation.Plus ça change.....
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  11. Brunel

    Brunel Lead commenter

    Apparently, according to the press (I know, I know) in 2013 Liverpool had more good or outstanding schools than any other big city in England. If true perhaps Mr Wilshaw may care to explain what has happened in the last two and a bit years that's led to such a decline. Were Ofsted fooled in 2013 and have now got the true picture or is it the other way round? Or has something really drastic happened in those schools (with presumably pretty much the same staff and leadership) that has led Ofsted to such a different conclusion? Because surely Ofsted and the government won't have changed the rules to penalise inner-city schools.
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  12. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I'm as tired of hearing about 'The Northern Powerhouse' as I am of 'The Big Society'. Rhetorical cardboard swallowed by idiots fed by dogs.
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  13. delnon

    delnon Lead commenter

    Northern Powerhouse at risk from under-performing Wilshaw and Morgan.
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  14. xena-warrior

    xena-warrior Star commenter

    It's almost as if the under-performing areas were all post-industrial dumps full of poor people.

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