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Overseal Parish Council say children 'deserve better' in education

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

By Helen Kreft

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CHILDREN at a South Derbyshire primary school deserve better, according to a parish council which has hit out at recent low standards in education.

Overseal Parish Council expressed concern over what it described as failing standards in education after three of Swadlincote's secondary schools were recently put into or have come out of special measures.

Carole Knight, parish council chairman said: "Children at Overseal Primary School deserve better. They haven't got a feeder school which is performing well.

"William Allitt is in special measures, Pingle is struggling out of it and Granville has just come out."

The parish council previously wrote to Derbyshire County Council, expressing its concerns and in response, Kevin Gillott – its cabinet member for children and young people – said the authority was working closely with all schools to ensure standards are met, despite massive budget cuts being made.

The parish council said that while the effects of budget cuts were recognised, there appeared to be "too much focus on preparing for Ofsted inspections and marking pupils' work was neglected".

Beth Hall, who represents the Seales ward on South Derbyshire District Council and is also a teacher said: "Historically, secondary schools have not been good because they haven't got the backing of the parents. Teachers work their socks off but parents don't push their children. They will not help them."

However, parish councillor Rachel O'Brien said: "But that shouldn't affect the majority of children."

District councillor, Steve Smith, who is the chairman of governors at William Allitt, said: "If things are not working just throwing money at it isn't going to eradicate the problem.

"William Allitt has just had its first monitoring inspection and it was incredibly positive."

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  • VotingRed  |  August 04 2014, 11:17AM

    Steve Smith??...and there was me thinking Steve Frost was the district councillor and chair of William Allitt school .

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