09/06/2014 Midlands Today


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A culture of fear and intimhdation, just one of the findings by

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the schools watchdog, Ofsted, into education in parts of Birmingham.

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21 inner city schools were subjected to snap inspections,

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only four were given a clean bill of health.

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Five, Golden Hillock, Nansen, Oldknow, Park View

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and Saltley were judged not to be protecting pupils from extrdmism

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and are being put in special measures.

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Here's our Special Correspondent, Peter Wilson.

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The Pink Floyd classic Another Brick In The Wall.

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A barbed attack on Britain's post` war education system.

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Up on stage performing with Roger Waters are 17 pupils

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from the so`called Trojan Horse school, Park View Academy.

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They say the concert shows they don't isolate their students

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But Ofsted in a damning report rated the the school as Inadequatd.

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When I came to my interview, I was immediately hit by the fact that

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this is an honest, friendly, hard`working school with thd sort of

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values that we should all bd nurturing.

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Previously the school was classed as outstanding.

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Now it?s at the centre of a political firestorm over extremism.

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Some claim he's the leader of a plot to make schools more Islamic.

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Others praise him for raising academic standards.

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Are you trying to make this religious school? Turning it into a

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faith school by stealth? We think it is wrong to expdct

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children to leave their herhtage, faith, beliefs, values and culture

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outside the school gate, and then to pick it out once the leave the

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school. Is education in Birlingham really failing people? The

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statistics say no. The local council is not in a position to oversee the

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school, because more and more of them will fail, and that is unfair.

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It is creating an accountabhlity gap. This case raises fundalental

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questions about who really runs our schools, and what choices do parents

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have in how those schools operate? And with the government intdnding to

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change the leadership of sole of the schools, how will that impact on

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Muslim children's motivation to succeed in education? Peter is here

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now. Do we finally know the complete story now that these Ofsted reports

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have been published? This story divides people across Birmingham.

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These five schools have been put into special measures, which means

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that the government can effdctively change leadership of those schools.

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Michael Gove says that eviddnce has been uncovered indicating that some

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schools have evaded proper scrutiny, and effectively engaged in `

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cover`up. At the same time the schools have hit back with detailed

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rebuttals. They have also s`id that they have helped to cut crile and

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raise academic standards. There has been talk of fear and intimhdation

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featuring senior teachers, but what about extremism, has that bden

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uncovered? No reports have shown any plots or extremist activitids. This

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is not a police counterterrorism case, it is an education governance

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case. But in one of the reports it says that a private investigator was

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paid by one of the schools to trawl through staff e`mails, effectively

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spying on them. What have p`rents been saying? I spoke to one angry

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father who was upset at the language London based politicians have been

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using, talking about ashing crocodiles. He said, I live in a

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poor part of Birmingham, not Florida. All I want is for ly kids

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to get a good education. Th`nk you. So what's the future

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for Birmingham's schools? Education insiders suggest we could

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see more of them run by Supdr Heads experienced leaders with

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responsibility for several schools. Ben Godfrey has been examinhng how

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some successful headteachers are running their schools

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like businesses. Where Liam Nolan leads,

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others follow. When The Prime Minister Wanted To

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Showcase His Education Reforms, It isn't about the adults, or their

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own political, religious or whatever views. It is about children and the

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education of young people. Liam Nolan heads

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Perry Beeches Academy This is Perry Beeches Three, in the

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city centre, which opened l`st year. I have been in discussions `bout

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what has happened in Birmingham and about how I, as a national leader,

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and we as a national support school, and help support other schools

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currently facing troubles. Last year, Moor Hall Primarx School

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in Sutton Coldfield Birmingham's first

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Co`operative Trust. They're state funded but run

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independently of the City Council. In recent inspections, thred were

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rated outstanding by Ofsted. We shared how we conduct medtings,

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selection process, all of that is a rigorous process, we shared it with

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the trust. Also checking up that we are doing those procedures hn the

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right way. It is by no means a definitive answer. But therd is a

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feeling in Birmingham that lore schools are set to break aw`y from

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the local authority. That's all from me, Newsnight is

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starting shortly on BBC Two, where they'll be talking to head

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of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw. I'll leave you with

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the weather with Shefali. Thank you. Although not immddiately

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apparent, we have got more showers to come tomorrow, there is `n

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improvement on the way this week. It is going to be quite warm. We have

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still got showers to contend with through tonight before they die

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away, leaving most part dry. Quite murky, muggy and mild. Tempdratures

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dropping to 11, 13 Celsius. Tomorrow, a bit of sunshine to start

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with, but it will not be long before we start to see the next bunch of

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showers. These will be quitd widespread tomorrow. As you can see,

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from those very vibrant colours and dark centres, there could bd thunder

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and hail as well. Temperatures rising to 19 Celsius. Freshdr and

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cooler tomorrow, with a brisk south`westerly breeze. More details

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of us, but I'll pass you overto Jay. -- over to jay now.

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Good evening, it was the warmest day of the year. Warm for some, but

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thundery for others. This line of really intense thunderstorms moved

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through. Large hail and gusty winds and rain as well. That moved away

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and now we look towards the south and you can see the rain moving

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northwards. So let's look at the cloud which is heading our way and

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some of it does look really quite threatening particularly in the

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south-eastern corner there. That's going to bring heavy rain. With it

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the risk of thunder and lightening. The rain will move away from the

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South East, and out into the North Sea, but it may linger further

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north. Just moving away from the south-west and into Wales and into

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Northern Ireland by dawn. Another mild night. 12 Celsius in the north

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and maybe 13 Celsius or 14 Celsius in the south. To start the day

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across Northern England, it's looking good. It is dry and bright,

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but there will be wetter weather around the borders and up towards

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Shetland it will be wet. Heavy showers around in Northern

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