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Verdict due in headmistress misconduct hearing

A disciplinary panel will announce whether it finds a sacked headteacher from Nottinghamshire guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct this morning.

Margaret Gretton is facing allegations of racism, discrimination of special needs pupils and bullying Credit: ITV News Central

Margaret Gretton was dismissed from her job at Burton Joyce Primary School in 2013 after a special investigation by ITV News Central.

The panel considering her case has heard a range of allegations including racism and discrimination against children with special needs.

Miss Gretton denies all the allegations against her.


Ofsted 'will consider report recommendations carefully'

Ofsted welcomes today's report and will consider its recommendations carefully.

As the chief inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, made clear to the committee last year, sudden changes in governance and leadership can have a significant impact on the standards in education.

These Birmingham schools were no exception.

Ofsted is committed to ensuring that such drastic declines are not repeated elsewhere and will continue to work closely with other agencies to identify and investigate any areas of concern.All schools have an expectation on them to teach values such as tolerance and the rule of law and prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. This is outlined in guidance issued by the DfE and Ofsted inspects schools against the criteria in this guidance.

– Ofsted spokesman

MP: Improvements should be made to investigation processes in wake of Trojan Horse

The Education Select Committee Chairman has said improvements should be made to the way investigations like those at the so-called Trojan Horse schools are carried out.

Graham Stuart MP spoke to ITV News about a report released claiming that there was a "worrying and wasteful" lack of collaboration between the numerous inquiries into the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham.


Trojan Horse inquiries showed 'worrying' lack of collaboration - report

Park View was one of the schools place in special measures by Ofsted Credit: PA Wire

A report has been released claiming that there was a "worrying and wasteful" lack of collaboration between the numerous inquiries into the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham.

MPs from the Commons Education Select Committee have warned that questions also need to be asked about the reliability of Ofsted's inspections - after the watchdog failed to recognise the problems at the schools when it first visited.

Four separate investigations were conducted into the alleged plot by hardline Muslims to seize control of a number of school governing boards in Birmingham.

While no evidence of radicalisation was found, the findings, specifically Ofsted inspections, did raise concerns that in some schools governors had exerted inappropriate influence over how schools were run.

Leicester City Council: 'We failed at keeping children safe'

Hundreds of vulnerable children in Leicester have been put at risk after the City Council failed to allocate a social worker to those who needed one.

Two senior staff members have left the authority over the issue and now the City Mayor's has put himself in charge of turning around the Children's Services Department.

Sir Peter Soulsby says he will take 'urgent and swift action' to make sure children across the city are kept safe.

In January, Ofsted inspected the children's services department at Leicester. Ofsted will publish its final conclusions on Friday 20th March.

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