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Department of Education 'confident' of changes

The Department of Education said it was confident strong leadership teams would mean a rapid and effective change at five schools where concerns were raised about performance in the wake of the "Trojan Horse" allegations.

It comes after Ofsted warned "very little action" had been taken at five schools in Birmingham found to be failing by inspector in the wake of the alleged takeover plot by hardline Muslims.

A DfE spokesman said: "These reports are a snapshot. They reflect the particular circumstances of the schools and the time at which the inspections took place, in some cases just a couple of days into the start of the new school year.

"We are confident that the strong leadership teams we have put in place mean that change will be rapid and effective once it has had more than a few weeks to have an impact."

Read more: Ofsted chief: 'Trojan Horse' school action plans 'not fit for purpose'


Prime Minister visits once failing school in Portsmouth

David Cameron has arrived at a successful academy in Portsmouth that was once considered a failing school.

The visit, alongside Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, follows the announcement that tougher powers will be introduced to help turn around failing schools.

The Prime Minister speaking to students at Charter Academy in Portsmouth. Credit: ITV News/Libby Wiener

Call to abandon 'simple narrative' of failure in schools

If the Government are serious about improving education they need to "move away from this simple narrative of failure and success," a teaching union chief told Good Morning Britain.

Louis Coffiant, the CEO of NAHT Edge dismissed Conservative plans to send in a "crack team" to deal with 500 failing schools, saying, "Schools need support so they can start from where they are and they can help the students and the staff they have got."


Students told to 'go with the flow' and wee in the shower

Students are being encouraged to urinate in the shower to save water - and then declare it on social media.

The campaign by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich has been called "go with the flow".

Who needs a toilet? Students are being encouraged to wee in the shower to save water. Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire/Press Association Images.

Every student is being asked to take part and announce their involvement on Twitter or Facebook with the #gotwiththeflow hashtag.

It is the brainchild of npower Future Leaders Challenge finalists Debs Torr and Chris Dobson, who believe it could save the university £125,000 a year.

We've done the maths, and this project stands to have a phenomenal impact.

With 15,000 students at UEA, over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over.

Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits.

– Chris Dobson, University of East Anglia.

Ofsted chief: 'Mavericks' needed to improve schools

Schools need dynamic and "perhaps slightly maverick" school leaders to drive progress, the head of Ofsted has said.

The Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "Government is very much looking to ambitious, buccaneering, go-getting school leaders to make the running in school improvement in 2014."

He told the Norfolk Annual Headteacher Conference he wanted school leaders to show "scornful intolerance" to low standards and are not afraid to "ruffle feathers".

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