Jack Abbott, Labour's education spokesman at Suffolk County Council, said the pay packets were "impossible to justify" Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant The boss of an academy trust which relinquished control of two Suffolk schools amid government pressure took home a pay packet of nearly £300,000 last year, it has been revealed. Earning nearly double the Prime Minister, who takes home £150,000 a year, Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) chief executive Julian Drinkall is understood to have been paid between £290,000 and £295,000 in 2018.His pay packet is £100,000 more than that listed for 2017.Mr Drinkall heads up the biggest academy chain in England, which ran Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary Academy until late last year.AET came under fire from parents, teachers and Suffolk MP Therese Coffey for its failure to meet government standards - and the trust subsequently cut ties with both schools in November 2018. Therese Coffey, Suffolk Coastal MP, raised … [Read more...] about Is your child’s school paying staff over £150,000?
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PUBLISHED: 17:14 09 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:14 09 September 2019 Ormiston Victory Academy at Costessey. Leaders at Ormiston Academies Trust, which runs 11 schools in Norfolk and Waveney, debated a staff restructure at a board meeting in March. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Archant An academy chain with schools in Norfolk has tabled a potential staff reshuffle which could affect more than 250 jobs. Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. Leaders at Ormiston Academies Trust, which runs 11 schools in Norfolk and Waveney, debated a staff restructure at a board meeting in March. Picture: Mick HowesLeaders at Ormiston Academies Trust discussed a possible restructure - which would shave £1.54m off its £6.57m payroll - at a board meeting in March.Minutes from the meeting, released under the Freedom of Information Act, said 259 staff would be affected by the changes and consultations with principals were ongoing to ensure the new model would be "workable". You may also want to watch: … [Read more...] about Possible staff cuts tabled by academy trust leaders
Video Teachers and campaigners in Norfolk say efforts to tackle face-to-face bullying have suffered from an increased focus on cyber bullying. Picture: Getty Images This content is subject to copyright. Have efforts by schools and other organisations to deal with the growing cyber bullying threat diverted attention away from physical bullying? Bethany Whymark reports. A national survey found that around one in 10 children had been bullied online. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA WireBullying is still a major problem for children in Norfolk’s school – but dealing with “old-fashioned” bullying is taking a backseat as online abuse becomes more common, according to youth workers in the county.The focus has been trained on cyber bullying in recent years with traumatic stories hitting the headlines of how abuse on social media led children to harm, or considering harming, themselves.But a spokeswoman for charity Map (Mancroft Advice Project), which supports young … [Read more...] about Are schools doing enough to tackle physical bullying in digital age?
Sandy Martin Labour MP for Ipswich Picture: SEANA HUGHES Archant Ipswich MP Sandy Martin says an immigration system ‘based on fear and penalties’ makes it more difficult to find out someone’s real age - after an adult asylum seeker posed as a pupil at an Ipswich school last year. Home Office chiefs and Stoke High School leaders launched an investigation after pupils shared an image of their classmate Picture: CONTRIBUTEDIn November 2018, the Home Office launched an investigation at Stoke High School over concerns a pupil claiming to be 15 years old may have been much older than he said he was.Students had posted a picture on Snapchat of the man, shocked that he was sitting among them in class, with the caption: “How is there a 30-year-old man in our maths class”.Pupils claimed he had been lying about his age to the British authorities so he could get an education in the UK.Ormiston Academies Trust later confirmed the pupil was no longer at the school.The … [Read more...] about ‘Fear-based’ immigration system makes it more difficult to find out real ages, says MP
PUBLISHED: 16:36 06 February 2019 Jason Noble Local democracy reporter CGI images of the planned new build at Ormiston Endeavour Academy in Ipswich. Picture: WATES CONSTRUCTION LTD/JESTICO + WHILES WATES CONSTRUCTION LTD/JESTICO + WHILES Plans to tear down dated buildings at one of Ipswich’s key secondary schools and rebuild it with a fit-for-purpose teaching space have been approved. Ormiston Endeavour Academy will be torn down and rebuilt, after Ipswich Borough Council approved plannign permission. Picture: SIMON PARKEROrmiston Endeavour Academy in Defoe Road, formerly known as Thurleston High School, submitted a planning application in January to demolish the main school building and create a brand new teaching space.It was submitted under the Department for Education’s Priority Schools Building Programme aimed at revamping schools in urgent need of repair.The plans for Ormiston Endeavour went before Ipswich Borough Council’s planning … [Read more...] about First look at Ormiston Endeavour rebuilding plans as councillors give green light