Tockholes school told to act by Ofsted after breaking rule

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Tockholes school told to act by Ofsted after breaking rule Tockholes school told to act by Ofsted after breaking rule

AN INSPECTOR has told a school it must take immediate action after it was discovered a staff member was in a key role on its governing body.

St Stephen’s CE Primary School in Tockholes was told by Ofsted it was breaking the rules having a staff member acting as the vice chair of the school governors.

But the chief governor at the Rock Lane school said changing rules and in-creasing demands made satisfying Ofsted criteria difficult.

Rules set by the education watchdog say that staff members can be on the governing body, which oversees the headteacher, sets strategic direction and ensures accountability, but they are not allowed to have a leading role. The review at St Stephen’s was recommended as part of a follow up inspection into the school, which is rated as ‘requires improvement’.

Chair of governors Rev Terry Young said they were not initially aware of the rule.

He said: “There is an enormous amount expected of governors these days. We are not educators, but volunteers.

“The inspectorate have actually been really helpful in giving us the advice we need.

“We were putting right the mistake and had found someone else for the vice chair position when Ofsted arrived. It’s not easy to find governors.

“The Department of Education now insist that governors are qualified for each particular role. Finding suitable accountants and managers is really difficult. We usually recruit first, train later.

The Ofsted report said: “Senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improve-ment.”

It added: “The school should take immediate action to commission an external review of the effectiveness of the governing body.”

The school’s improvement plan was described as “weak”.

Blackburn with Darwen Council’s member for education Coun Dave Harling said: “While some progress has been made, we share inspectors’ concerns about the pace of improvement.

“We are continuing to offer the school our full support in making the changes needed.

“In addition, we are working with the diocese to ensure concerns relating to the governing body are addressed and the external review of the governing body is carried out as soon possible.”

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5:44pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Wishingwell says...

Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers
Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers Wishingwell
  • Score: 9

1:44am Sat 19 Jul 14

barryinthailand says...

Wishingwell wrote:
Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers
No but yeah but no but, ok. Hope they write better than what you do, ok.
[quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers[/p][/quote]No but yeah but no but, ok. Hope they write better than what you do, ok. barryinthailand
  • Score: -7

6:43am Sat 19 Jul 14

AnimalReid says...

Yet again the Health and Safety brigade out stopping people having fun. In my days school was for learning - simple as that. Now its all just for the elitist left wing, centre midfield few. In my veiw we shouldn't be building houses on green belt we should be buying the new Rovers shirt and going on strike. Maybe then they would listen to us but - OH NO - the religious do gooders will always have their say.
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Madness, pure madness. So much for the so-called experts.
Yet again the Health and Safety brigade out stopping people having fun. In my days school was for learning - simple as that. Now its all just for the elitist left wing, centre midfield few. In my veiw we shouldn't be building houses on green belt we should be buying the new Rovers shirt and going on strike. Maybe then they would listen to us but - OH NO - the religious do gooders will always have their say. ... Madness, pure madness. So much for the so-called experts. AnimalReid
  • Score: -3

7:13am Sat 19 Jul 14

Wishingwell says...

barryinthailand wrote:
Wishingwell wrote:
Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers
No but yeah but no but, ok. Hope they write better than what you do, ok.
I hope so too.
[quote][p][bold]barryinthailand[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wishingwell[/bold] wrote: Ok but can the kids read and write ok? I am not really interested in the development of the governor's careers[/p][/quote]No but yeah but no but, ok. Hope they write better than what you do, ok.[/p][/quote]I hope so too. Wishingwell
  • Score: 0

7:57am Sat 19 Jul 14

Sue Lee says...

What happened to proactive local education AUTHORITIES? Grow a pair and get in there showing leadership. From Zero to Nero, watching as our childrens schools and education are destroyed.
What happened to proactive local education AUTHORITIES? Grow a pair and get in there showing leadership. From Zero to Nero, watching as our childrens schools and education are destroyed. Sue Lee
  • Score: 1

3:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

foreverautumn says...

How things change! The difference between St Stephen's and St Peter's, Darwen Ofsted reports shows just how crucial it is to have an effective, strong management team, including the governing body, who have the vision, commitment, inspire confidence and the ability to move the school forward. It does not bode well for this village school when the local education authority agree with Ofsted - “Senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.” How is this school ever going to improve with the present leadership and governance especially when the school improvement plan is "weak". It's also not rocket science to know that a senior governor who is then employed to assist the children presents a conflict of interest. Clearly, some are suited to management and some are not. It needs a new broom to clear up the mess and soon.
How things change! The difference between St Stephen's and St Peter's, Darwen Ofsted reports shows just how crucial it is to have an effective, strong management team, including the governing body, who have the vision, commitment, inspire confidence and the ability to move the school forward. It does not bode well for this village school when the local education authority agree with Ofsted - “Senior leaders and governors are not taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring improvement.” How is this school ever going to improve with the present leadership and governance especially when the school improvement plan is "weak". It's also not rocket science to know that a senior governor who is then employed to assist the children presents a conflict of interest. Clearly, some are suited to management and some are not. It needs a new broom to clear up the mess and soon. foreverautumn
  • Score: 2

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