“It’s not that I don’t agree with Brexit. The question again is, what is Brexit?” In one pithy remark, Kelly Matthews summed up the mood in Birmingham, as the UK’s exit from the EU next year loomed larger than ever. With just 264 days to go until what Brexiteers dub “Independence Day”, there is a palpable sense of unease among the public in Britain’s second city, and in the wider region beyond. The West Midlands saw the highest ‘Leave’ vote of the entire country in the EU referendum two years ago. On the back of a huge turnout, a massive 59.3% wanted to cut ties with Brussels for good. Some 29 out of its 30 separate areas backed Brexit. Yet with local manufacturers like Jaguar LandRover warning this week of possible job losses if Theresa May gets the wrong kind of Brexit deal, uncertainty abounds. The HuffPost Listens to Birmingham project has revealed that many local people, no matter which way they voted in 2016, are … [Read more...] about Uneasy, Frustrated, But Still ‘Contrary’: Why Birmingham Is Losing Patience About Brexit
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Government inspectors have revealed their verdicts on dozens of Derbyshire schools this year. The experts from Ofsted issue report cards on a rolling schedule throughout the year for schools based in the city and county. And these range from glowing reports - and one outstanding inspection verdict - to others which have found inadequacies. Here's every single report published this year for schools and colleges based in Derby and the rest of Derbyshire. April Good Park House Primary School Address: Rupert Street, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield Visited: April 12 What they said: "Leaders successfully promote an inclusive culture, where everybody is made to feel part of the school ‘family’. This is a real strength of the school. Pupils enjoy coming to school. The school is very calm and orderly." Click here for the full report. Woodville CofE Junior School Address: High Street, Woodville Visited: April 10 What they said: "A range of improvements, particularly to the teaching of … [Read more...] about What Ofsted thinks of every Derby and Derbyshire school it’s rated this year
Find out which local schools are achieving top results for their pupils - and those who need to do better. Inspectors from Ofsted are constantly visiting schools across Leicester and Leicestershire with results announced on a rolling schedule throughout the year. Each month, we’ll be updating this page with the results of each school whose inspection result was published, along with a short summary of what the experts had to say. We’ll include reports which assign new grades (or confirm previous grades) to mainstream state schools throughout the county. May Requires Improvement Holy Cross Catholic Primary School Address: Stonesby Avenue, Leicester Visited: May 2 What they said: "Although leaders’ actions are improving teaching and learning, teaching is not yet consistently good enough to ensure that all pupils make strong progress. Children in early years get off to a good start because of good teaching. The curriculum is enhanced well by trips and visitors, which … [Read more...] about All Ofsted results for Leicester and Leicestershire schools
Our panel of experts bring you a unique insight into the goings-on at the DW Stadium... Martin Tarbuck: Only a few more days to go until the dreaded transfer window slams shut and my main concern is ensuring we keep our squad intact. Clutching rosary beads and praying that no desperadoes out there start throwing silly money towards our lovely players at the 11th hour. In recent years, we’ve been spoilt with a flurry of incomings and the odd angry outgoing (looking at you here – Yanic “The Snake” Wildschut!) but all’s fair in love, war and transfer dealings...so here’s hoping we have a quiet one. Signing 10 players on transfer deadline day is not a time for great excitement as some of our fans and even the club itself have been known to herald it as. It is a sign your football club is in a right state and you are just trying to get random bodies in as a last-ditch desperate attempt to bolster your squad to get promoted or stave off relegation. This … [Read more...] about The 12th Man: Hopefully no transfer window pain for Wigan Athletic!
The headmaster of the “Eton of the East End” has said he will prevent the school becoming dominated by wealthy families trying to avoid private school fees. Scott Baker said he wants to ensure the London Academy of Excellence in Newham continues to promote social mobility and does not become a “victim of its own success”. It comes after a record 22 pupils were offered places at Oxford and Cambridge universities. The school’s results rival the success rate of many public schools, and many of those offered Oxbridge places will be the first in their family to go to university. Mr Baker described keeping a “close eye” on the make-up of the school’s population, saying: “You can be the victim of your own success. Aspirational parents will seek you out as an alternative to private education.” He added: “We have to look hard for tangible examples of social mobility success stories and LAE is a genuine success … [Read more...] about I don’t want rich parents avoiding private school fees here, says head of top east London academy