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SHEFFIELD ACCUSED OF RACISM AS PUPILS SUPPORT SACKED HEAD

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Pupils at a Sheffield school walked out yesterday in support of a headteacher sacked by the education authority ami...
Pupils at a Sheffield school walked out yesterday in support of a headteacher sacked by the education authority amid claims by seven black governors that the council is racist, The Yorkshire Post reports (p3).

Earl Marshal is the only school in Sheffield which has a majority of black members on the governing body. Chris Searle was sacked on the final day of the winter term despite being due to take early retirement from April. The governing body was also stripped of key powers.

Governors have accused some of the teaching staff of deliberately sabotaging Mr Searle's policies especially his decision not to exclude disruptive or violent pupils, reports the paper.

Mr Searle said yesterday he was touched by the show of support from his former pupils but urged them to return to lessons today. 'These are wonderful young people who are the hope of the world. They have a very strong sense of injustice,' he said.

A council spokesman said: 'Everyone at the school is trying to work very hard to overcome any problems we have had.'
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