Public meeting over Al-Madinah

Concerned parents have attended a public meeting to discuss problems at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby. It comes after the top governor stood down amid a storm of criticism, including an Ofsted report calling the school 'dysfunctional'.

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Calls for management overhaul at Derby free school

Community leaders have called for a complete overhaul of management at the Al-Madinah free school in Derby.

A public meeting was held last night for parents to voice their concerns about the school following a series of critical reports, including one from Ofsted labelling it "dysfunctional".

Zafer Iqbal, from the Derby Community Education Forum, told ITV News Central that replacing the entire management team and re-branding the school might be the only solution.

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Concerned parents hold meeting to discuss Al-Madinah

Parents of pupils at the much-criticised Al-Madinah free school in Derby will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss their concerns.

Trustees, governors and parents will meet at the Indian Community Centre at 6pm.

The Al-Madinah free school in Derby
The Al-Madinah free school in Derby Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

It comes after the chair of governors stood down amid a storm of criticism of teaching practices, including an Ofsted report labelling the school "dysfunctional".

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Public poll 'backs Clegg' over free schools

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has the backing of the public over his free schools views, according to a new poll.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has the backing of the public over his free schools views, according to a new poll. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More than four fifths of the public (81%) agree with Nick Clegg that free schools should employ qualified teachers, according to a new poll.

Only a fifth (21%) felt that free schools should not have to follow the national curriculum, the survey for Channel 4 News found.

The programme revealed the poll results as it emerged that another free school, in Bradford, is in trouble.

While 81% of people agreed that it should be compulsory for free schools to employ qualified teachers, three quarters (75%) agreed that qualifications do not necessarily guarantee a good standard of teaching.

Calls for all trustees to step down at Al-Madinah

Representatives from the Muslim and Pakistani communities in Derby have called for all trustees of the Al-Madinah free school to stand down.

Speaking today, they said the position of trustees has become "untenable".

Representatives from the Muslim and Pakistani communities in Derby spoke today
Representatives from the Muslim and Pakistani communities in Derby spoke today Credit: ITV News Central

It follows the sudden resignation of the chairman of governors Shazia Parveen this morning.

In a statement read out by another person, she said her departure was "in the best interests" of pupils.

Governor steps down 'in the best interest of children'

The chairman of governors at Derby free school Al-Madinah has said she stepped down "in the best interest of the children".

Shehban Rehmat read out a statement on behalf of former chair Shazia Parveen, which claimed governors had "tried their best" in the running of the school

Over last few years I have sacrificed my own time, money and health for this noble cause. To help educate the children of our communities.

The future of our children starts now.

We, the governing body, have tried our best.

We acknowledge the weaknesses in our school and have taken the Department for Education's recommendations very seriously.

We are highly committed to delivering quality education in our school, a trust that we have taken from the community.

Therefore, I plan to step down from my position as chair of the governing body as soon as the transition is over and this is clearly in the best interest of our children.

– Shehban Rehmat on behalf of the chairman of governors Shazia Parveen

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Announcement expected at Al-Madinah free school

An announcement is expected at a controversial free school in Derby this morning.

The Al-Madinah School will make the announcement at 10am.

The Al-Madinah free school was labelled "dysfunctional" by Ofsted
The Al-Madinah free school was labelled "dysfunctional" by Ofsted Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

It comes after Ofsted inspectors labelled the school "dysfunctional" and recommended it be put in special measures.

Derby City Council also revealed dozens of parents had enquired about removing their child from the school - many before the Ofsted report had even been released.

Dozens of parents ask to pull children out of Al-Madinah

Dozens of parents are considering taking their children out of a free school in Derby, the city council said today.

After Ofsted labelled it "dysfunctional", Derby City Council revealed a total of 33 formal applications have been lodged asking for children to be moved out of the Al-Madinah free school.

The council has also dealt with 67 further inquiries made by parents considering the option.

An Ofsted inspection labelled the school 'inadequate' - the lowest mark on the scale - in all four areas of assessment.

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