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Deadline day for Al-Madinah school

The school must address nine action points by today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Al-Madinah free school in Derby must address nine action points set out by the education minister by today or face a funding termination.

The Education Minister Lord Nash has said the points must include advertising for a new headteacher and setting out how the school will be welcoming to students of all or no faith.

Ofsted previously branded the school 'dysfunctional.'


Al-Madinah parents write open letter to education minister

In the letter, the Parents & Friends of Al-Madinah school say:

We are pleased that the local Muslim community have been able under the free schools programme, to open a school which would fulfil the vision of educating and inspiring our children, as we felt there was room for improvement locally.

We are aware that Al-Madinah School had a positive start early on, as evidenced by a DfE report at the end of November 2012. Unfortunately things began to slip midway in the New Year due to leadership capacity.

We are saddened, angered and extremely concerned in the way different organisations both locally and nationally are speaking on behalf of the future of our children. They do not represent our children; we the parents have this right.

We are upset that official documentation has been leaked to the media. Unfortunately a lot of this has been negative and positive elements of the school have not been highlighted.

We request Ofsted and DfE to urgently investigate how the media has received this information before the principal and parents of the school. It would seem that the media get information before the school does.

The Interim principal and members of the governing body of the school have had meetings with parents and addressed questions and concerns in a clear and direct manner with a transparent plan of improvements already underway and the way forward.

They also shared outlined proposals of restructuring the management team and outlined the credentials and experience of the proposed governing team.

We the parents strongly request you give this proposal due and proper consideration.

We also request that if changes are considered to be made by the DfE regarding the leadership team then they would need to reflect the theological views of the majority of the local Muslim community, which maybe different to other cities.

If changes are to be made to the structure of the leadership team, we would appreciate to be consulted before any possible changes are considered as any decision will affect the future of this school and most importantly our children.

From the Parents of Al-Madinah School

Parents come out in support of Al-Madinah school

A group of parents at the troubled Al-Madinah school in Derby have come out in support of the school.

They criticised the negative media coverage that the school has received saying that:

Positive elements of the school have not been highlighted... it would seem that the media get the information [regarding the negative Ofsted report] before the school does.

They also said that they would like to be considered before the Department of Education make any changes to the structure of the leadership at the school.

However this group do not speak for all parents at the school with others having recently chosen to remove their children from Al-Madinah school following the revelations of poor performance in the recent Ofsted report .

Ofsted: Al Madinah school 'dysfunctional'

The Al Madinah free school in Derby has been branded as 'dysfunctional' by Ofstead Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A Muslim free school in Derby has been labelled as 'dysfunctional' by Ofsted. A report, published on The Guardian website, said teaching at the Al Madinah school was inadequate and achievement there is too low. It says the school requires special measures.


Council leader: 'bottom line is this simply isn't good enough'

The leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper has apologised for the poor Ofsted results, which rated the local authority's children's services department as 'failing' and 'inadequate'.

He goes onto say, although not making excuses, he told the regulator it was a bad time to assess the local authority before the inspection was carried out.

'I've decided to resign with immediate effect,' says Sandwell Councillor

Sandwell’s children’s services boss, Councillor Bob Badham, has stepped down from his post after Ofsted assessed the council's arrangements for protecting children to be inadequate.

Ofsted carried out an unannounced inspection of child protection services in February this year.

It uncovered failings in overall effectiveness, help and protection for young people, quality of practice, and leadership and governance.

As the cabinet member I have final responsibility for ensuring children’s services are fit for purpose. The Ofsted report has made it clear that they are not and therefore I have decided to resign with immediate effect.

I was fully aware of problems with the service and knew we had to take radical action.

– Councillor Bob Badham, Cabinet member for children's services
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Sandwell Council Cabinet Member resigns following Ofsted report

Councillor Bob Badham, Sandwell Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, has resigned in the wake of an Ofsted report yesterday that branded children's services in the borough 'inadequate'.

It follows yesterday's resignation of Helen Smith, who was the council's director of Children and Families Services.

Senior council manager resigns for 'inadequate' child services

A manager in a West Midlands council has resigned following an Ofsted investigation, which found that child protection services weren't good enough.

Helen Smith, director of Child Services, has left Sandwell Council following an inspection in February this year.

Improvements are now being made, the council has confirmed, with more social workers being employed to help resolve the problem.

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