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ISLINGTON'S FRESH START SCHOOL TO BE TAKEN BACK INTO EMERGENCY RESCUE MEASURES

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Ofsted will today tell Islington arts and media school, one of the government's so-called fresh start schools, that...
Ofsted will today tell Islington arts and media school, one of the government's so-called fresh start schools, that it will be taken back into emergency rescue measures.

The Guardian (p4) reports that the Ofsted order came after a two-day visit by inspectors to the former George Orwell school last week, who found it had not made sufficient progress since its reopening last year.

Islington LBC, whose school services were outsourced to private sector consultants Cambridge Education Associates earlier this year, has spent more than£3m trying to turn the school around.

CEA and the school will respond tomorrow by publishing a plan for urgent improvement.

Among the measures expected are: developing the work of the governing body by appointing extra governors; setting up a training programme to improve the work of middle managers; identifying a range of subject-specific consultants; working with the education welfare service to boost attendance and punctuality; and supporting the school by recruiting and retaining staff who will bring the experience and expertise necessary to maintain the progress of a fresh start school.
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