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Ofsted inspection rates Croydon children’s services ‘Good’

It has taken two and a half years, and an extra £25million spent on recruiting staff and providing new equipment, but Croydon Council’s children’s services department has finally been rated as “Good” by Ofsted following its latest inspection. The borough’s … Continue reading

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Ofsted finds ‘sustained progress’ in children’s services

After nearly three years in special measures, Ofsted says that Croydon’s children’s services department is showing “sustained progress”, and is beginning to operate in a manner that properly serves the borough’s most vulnerable young people. The department’s social workers are … Continue reading

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Council could seek more time to fix problem children’s services

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the latest, critical Ofsted report on the council children’s services department, which has 78% vacancy rate among  some of its social work teams Croydon Council could be forced to seek an extension to the … Continue reading

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Croydon social workers ‘demoralised’, say Ofsted inspectors

One year on and Ofsted inspectors are still seriously dissatisfied with the pace of improvement in Croydon’s children’s services department. Croydon’s children’s services were declared “inadequate” in an Ofsted inspectors’ report in September 2017, and today the inspectors have issued … Continue reading

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Extra council meeting called over children’s services shambles

Croydon is to hold another emergency meeting of the full council in two weeks’ time to discuss the crisis over the borough’s children’s services, when there are sure to be further calls for council leader Tony Newman and members of … Continue reading

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Croydon’s Ofsted crisis: This is too important for politics

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The children’s services report is the greatest crisis to confront the council since the riots six years ago. Except, says STEVEN DOWNES, it is just the local reflection of a national collapse of social work “This is too … Continue reading

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Damning verdict on Croydon’s ‘inadequate’ children’s service

STEVEN DOWNES on a critical report by Ofsted on the council’s failures to provide proper education and support to some of the borough’s most vulnerable children and their families Croydon Council’s provision for some of the borough’s most vulnerable children … Continue reading

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Boswell speaks out on behalf of Croydon’s “heroic” teachers

Canon Colin Boswell used Croydon’s annual civic service yesterday to call on the people of the borough ”to encourage heroic teachers”. The Vicar of Croydon’s remarks came in a sermon to the congregation in Croydon Minster and to the many … Continue reading

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Bishop gives backing to primary head ousted by Ofsted

The Bishop of Southwark has publicly praised the outgoing headmaster of Parish Church junior school, who retired following a controversial Ofsted report which downgraded the school’s rating from “outstanding” to “inadequate”. Bishop Christopher Chessun was the guest of honour on … Continue reading

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Our two-year-olds need a childhood, not lessons in Latin

SUSAN OLIVER, pictured left, wants the borough’s teaching professionals to come forward and make their voices heard, perhaps even to challenge the controlling orthodoxies of Michael Gove and Ofsted Children should be taught in schools from the age of two … Continue reading

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Lanfranc is latest Croydon school in fear of academisation

GENE BRODIE, our education correspondent, wades through the morass of educational half-truths to investigate why private education is quite so popular in Croydon This week’s latest Ofsted tables of school performance by borough showed that Greater London performed especially well. … Continue reading

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Roke parents in legal challenge against “dictator” Gove

The Save Roke group is to launch a legal challenge to the plans of Michael Gove, the education minister, to hand their primary school over to a private academy. The group announced its plans last night, and is working with … Continue reading

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Angry Roke parents accuse minister of misleading over status

Parents of children at Roke Primary in Kenley have responded angrily to a letter from Department for Education under-secretary Lord Nash – which Inside Croydon published last month – effectively accusing the Tory peer of deliberately misleading over results and … Continue reading

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Nash letter dashes hopes for Roke to escape Harris

Parents, governors and staff at Roke Primary were left “shattered” last week, after the local MP, Richard Ottaway, passed on to them a letter he had received from Lord Nash, the under-secretary at the Department for Education. Nash’s letter runs … Continue reading

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Tory councillor says Gove’s academy conduct is “woeful”

A Conservative councillor in Croydon has made an extraordinary attack against Michael Gove over the way in which the Tory-led government’s education secretary and his department is steamrolling through the transfer of a local primary school. In a rare, if … Continue reading

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Gove will tear us apart: the challenge facing Roke Primary

An hour-long film on the battle against academy status by a group of parents and teachers in north London offers salutary lessons for a local school Roke Primary School, in Kenley, is being handed over to a carpet salesman on … Continue reading

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What councillors say: “no opposition to Roke proposals”

Roke Primary is not “a failing” or under-performing school, yet Michael Gove, the Education minister, is about to hand over this publicly owned asset to a carpet salesman to run as an “academy”. No consultation, no mandate, and no agreement … Continue reading

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Roke Primary to be handed over to a carpet salesman

Roke Primary School in Kenley is being forced into academy status with the Harris Federation, against the wishes of the governors and parents. Malcolm Farquharson, the chairman of governors at Roke, issued this letter to all parents yesterday, the first … Continue reading

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Teachers to quit Oval Primary before move to Academy

According to parents who attended the latest meeting at controversial Oval Primary on Wednesday, the majority of existing teaching staff plan to resign ahead of the school’s handover to an educational group headed by a leading Tory party millionaire.

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Oval Primary parents offered “bribe” to stay at academy school

Parents of children at Oval Primary school last night met staff from ARK, the academy specialists who look set to take over the running of the East Croydon school in September. One parent described as a “bribe” the new staff’s … Continue reading

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Oval parents sent round in circles over academy status

It is said that if something looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck, you can normally be pretty certain that it is a duck. So it is that parents of … Continue reading

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Oval Primary parents claim to “oust” new headteacher

Extraordinary reports reached Inside Croydon last night that Craig Tunstall, the executive headteacher of the Gipsy Hill Federation installed in charge at east Croydon’s Oval Primary School, had been “ousted” on Friday by angry teachers and parents.

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Oval primary head replaced as school handed to “federation”

The management of Oval Primary School has been handed to a Lambeth-based “federation” after its headmistress was asked to leave the school at virtually no notice, to the dismay and concern of some parents. The school was put on special … Continue reading

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