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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.



Students name their school café after devoted policeman

1,300 pupils at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr voted to name their caf1,300 pupils at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr voted to name the café 'Joe's coffee', after their favourite policeman Credit: West Midlands Police

1,300 pupils at a high school in Birmingham have voted to name their café "Joe's Coffee", to show their appreciation of the man who has been policing the area for 25 years.

Students and teachers say PC Joe Cahill's work with Broadway Academy in Perry Barr has helped reduce crime and bullying, and made the school a safer place.

"I call into the school each day on my beat and the students all come up to me and have a chat. They see me as a person they can speak to and if there is a problem I am there."

– PC Joe Cahill
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