10/03/2017 London News


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Good evening, I'm Asad Ahmad. for the news where you are.

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Teachers at one of London's top academies have told BBC London

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they worked in a "climate of intimidation and fear"

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and witnessed coursework being "falsely marked."

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Last month, we reported that the head teacher

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at Green Spring Academy, in Shoreditch, was among several

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The Trust investigated and says "appropriate action

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is now being taken", although they say they can't

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Here's our education correspondent, Marc Ashdown.

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It's the question at the heart of this investigation -

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within a couple of years, how could a failing school become

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outstanding so quickly and GCSE results go through the roof?

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They were in difficulties and feeling the pressure...

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John is now retired, but worked at the school for many years.

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It started, he says, with a clear out of very experienced staff.

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You know, they would come into work one morning and, presumably,

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they were asked to leave, or they were asked to hand

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their keys in and they were escorted from the premises.

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And this happened to a large number of people, at least ten

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I mean, obviously, it gave a climate of intimidation and fear,

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He claims behind it all was a relentless drive

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to improve results by any means, even cheating.

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Everything was geared towards exams and it really didn't matter

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Whether by genuinely taking the exams or, on a few occasions,

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A teacher awarding a pass mark to a student who hasn't

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We've been contacted by about half a dozen people who've taught

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They all paint a very similar picture.

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They claim often very experienced teachers have

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either been forced out or, because of their treatment,

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have been left with no choice but to leave.

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Meanwhile, GCSE results went from being among the worst

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The Academy hit the headlines in 2015 when three pupils fled

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to Syria to join so-called Islamic State.

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And our thoughts are with the families of the missing

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The executive head teacher, Mark Keary, was praised

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The school kept its outstanding Ofsted rating.

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But last month he was suspended, along with three senior

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members of staff, as part of an investigation

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The Department for Education told us "there is no place for cheating

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in schools and exam malpractice is extremely rare.

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Following this investigation, exam malpractice has been

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identified," they say, "resulting in disciplinary action."

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Green Spring Education Trust said the independent

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Appropriate action is being taken, which cannot be discussed

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They believe they've acted robustly and with integrity.

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We did approach Mark Keary for a comment,

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A man has been jailed for three years after unintentionally

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killing his friend with a single punch after his shoe was thrown

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Alexander Thomson, from Clapham, hit Tom Hume in a drunken row

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in August as they travelled in a mini-cab on Farringdon

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Mr Hume died the next day of a brain haemorrhage.

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The number of fires in prisons in London has reached record levels.

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Figures show Thameside Prison recorded the most fires of any jail

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in the country last year, with over 100.

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The Ministry of Justice says most were "relatively minor."

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Critics say the figures highlight how "unstable prisons have become."

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A female victim of a sexual assault on the Tube has waived her right

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to anonymity to raise awareness of a crime which most

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Last year, Jessica Brady was travelling on the Northern Line

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and didn't realise that what had just happened to her

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She's been speaking to Sarah Harris.

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Using the Tube was all part of the excitement of moving

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to London for Jess, her jigsaw puzzle shows all the lines

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But it ended in turmoil on a late-night journey home

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on the Northern Line, when a man groped her several times,

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It caught me off guard, I think, and it frightened me and I went

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into shock because the only way I can describe it is thinking,

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And it was the flight mode, probably.

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I didn't want to bring attention to the scene.

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I just thought, if he has a knife, he could attack me further,

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And I just needed to get out of there.

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I'd like to report being sexually harassed on the Tube.

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This film is part of a new campaign by TfL and the police,

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showing how seriously the offence is being taken.

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What this film shows is every piece of information that comes

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into the police is taken seriously, it aids an investigation

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and it helps build up a picture of offenders,

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We really want to encourage people to come forward and report this kind

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of offensive behaviour and criminality to us.

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The message we're trying to get out today is that every single report

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we receive builds a picture and with those initial reports

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we can start an investigation, people will be taken seriously.

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It gives us the best opportunity to catch offenders.

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Because of CCTV there's been a significant increase in arrests

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for sexual harrassment on the Tube since 2014.

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But the rise in reported instances has been even higher.

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Officers say they're still relying on women like Jess,

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It wasn't about getting justice for me, it was about making sure

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that he couldn't do that to somebody else or potentially worse and,

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if anything, I encourage people to try and think of it like that.

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Jess prefers to walk these days, but after identifying her attacker

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she watched in court as he was given a six-month jail sentence.

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That's it for now from me, but let's find out what

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Mild today? Set to stay so for the weekend and into next week.

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Overnight will be cloudy. That will blanket in temperatures,

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temperatures not falling below nine or ten degrees. To will start off

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grey and stay mild. There will be good spells of sunshine as we head

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throughlet course of the afternoon. That grey start, light winds from

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the south. Dryer air moving off the near continent. The clouds will

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break up. When we see the sunshine temperatures will push up to 16 or

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17 Celsius. Very pleasant indeed. Saturday evening will also be dry

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and fine. Sunday weather fronts come streaming in from the west. Sunday

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is looking pretty wet to start with. Heavy rain around. That should clear

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but I think it will never really clear the region throughout the

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afternoon. Temperatures cool because of the cloud and rain. Saturday the

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better day of the two. Next week it will be mild with sunshine as well.

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