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Middlesbrough Council reacts to Ofsted criticism

Middlesbrough Council has released a statement following criticism from Ofsted. An Ofsted inspection was carried out from January 27 to January 31, 2014, during which support was found to be ineffective.

“It is disappointing that Ofsted found the authority’s arrangements for supporting school improvement to be ineffective.

“The need to improve support to schools has already been recognised within the authority, which led to the creation of the Middlesbrough Achievement Partnership.

“What is important now is that we continue to implement the improvements we have ourselves recognised through MAP and to incorporate those highlighted by Ofsted.

“The report outlines six areas where swift action is necessary and these have already been made a priority to be acted on."

– Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services

“We are confident that the direction we are taking with our school heads and governors will lead to significant improvement in results for our children.

“Therefore our children can be assured that we remain determined and resolute to give them the best education that we can.

“In recent years, schools in Middlesbrough have achieved a steady increase in standards of attainment.

“Therefore to get the best outcomes possible for the children and young people of Middlesbrough, we recognise the need to increase the pace of improvement in partnership with all schools and academies in the town.”

– Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services

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Ofsted on Middlesbrough: 'Urgent action must be taken'

Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s Regional Director for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, has spoken of his concern for education in Middlesbrough.

'The poor performance of the authority to ensure all young people receive a good quality education is very concerning. Urgent action must be taken so that pupils are given the opportunities they need to succeed and to improve their life chances.

'Ofsted’s role does not end here; we will continue to work with the council and local schools to help them improve and we will re-inspect the council in the next nine to 12 months to make sure actions have been taken to improve the quality of education for young people.'

– Nick Hudson, Ofsted’s Regional Director for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber

Ofsted concern for Middlesbrough schools

A third of pupils overall, and over half of secondary-aged children, attend a school in Middlesbrough that is less than good, says Ofsted.

Ofsted carried out an inspection of Middlesbrough council’s arrangements for school improvement between 27 and 31 January this year. This was in response to concerns about the achievement of pupils in primary and secondary schools and the quality of education for young people in training aged 16-18.

In Middlesbrough, attainment at each key stage remains well below national averages and progress slows as pupils get older. The proportion of school leavers not in education, employment or training is almost twice the national average.

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Victims of historic abuse can turn their lives around

Organisations such as Arch North East exist to help victims of abuse and historic abuse.

The organisation says victims often keep what's happened bottled inside for decades and are frightened to tell their families.

But by contacting support groups may are able to get their lives back on track.

Arch North East Chief Executive Dilys Davy says it's important that people realise help is out there.

Barclays says it's working closely with police on GP allegations

Barclays Bank Credit: ITV News

Barclays Bank was just one of the companies who contracted Dr Gordon Bates to conduct pre-employment medicals on prospective staff. Since the allegations came to light it has worked closely with Northumbria Police to help the investigation and support those affected.

A Barclays' spokesman said "Last year Barclays became aware of an allegation about a GP who conducted pre-employment medicals in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The information was immediately shared with the Northumbria Police, who have investigated the allegations.

“Barclays has done all it can to help the police enquiry and to support employees involved in this sensitive investigation.”

Police investigating GP say 48 criminal acts have been recorded

Police investigating alleged sexual assaults involving a North East GP who carried out pre-employment checks on job-seekers say 48 allegations have been recorded as criminal acts.

We can confirm that Northumbria Police received a number of allegations of sexual assault dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, made against a man who is now deceased. The allegations related to pre-employment medical examinations carried out on behalf of Barclays Bank.

– Northumbria Police

All of the allegations have been thoroughly investigated by specialist officers. 48 of the allegations have been recorded as criminal acts. All of the complainants have been informed of the outcome of the investigation. Northumbria Police worked closely with Barclays Bank throughout the enquiry and any further allegations which may come to light will be fully investigated

– Northumbria Police

North East GP who carried out medicals on jobseekers would have faced sex charges if he was still alive

Police have confirmed a North East GP who was contracted to carry out pre-employment medicals on job seekers would have faced sex assault charges if he had still been alive.

Dr Gordon Bates, who died in 2009, carried out examinations on hundreds of people from his Newcastle home in the 1970s and 80s

He was carrying out assessments for a number of public and private sector companies, including Barclays Bank. He was not a direct employee of any of the companies he worked for.

The allegations came to light after an alleged victim reported what had happened to her after reading about Jimmy Savile.

Police have confirmed they have investigated a number of complaints of which 48 have been recorded as criminal acts.

Barclays stressed that Dr Bates was not their employee and they were one of a number of companies he was contracted to. They have been working closely with the police throughout.

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