Failing school to be taken over by Outwood as unions launch ‘no confidence’ ballot in former leadership – Teesside Live

The struggling school will be transferred to Outwood as its current sponsor, AET, faces a ‘no confidence’ vote from unions— Read on http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/failing-school-taken-over-outwood-16228577 This is one of the last achievements of the Labour Council I was proud to be a Cabinet member in. I am sure that, had we not fought so hard for a better future for this school, it would still be in the hands of the discredited and cynical Academies Enterprise Trust (AET). Sue Jeffrey and I met with AET but nothing changed. Eventually we got a meeting with the Regional Schools Commissioner, but nothing changed. Finally … Continue reading Failing school to be taken over by Outwood as unions launch ‘no confidence’ ballot in former leadership – Teesside Live

Good News for Hillsview Academy

It gives me great pleasure to announce that, after four years of fighting for the interests of pupils at Hillsview Academy and their families, we have finally succeeded in getting the incompetent and untrustworthy Academies Enterprise Trust removed from the school. It was a really hard battle but definitely worth it. I wish all those at the school a brilliant future and I know Redcar and Cleveland Council will help and support in any way we can. Continue reading Good News for Hillsview Academy

50 Years since Kestral for a Knave was published: what has changed?

This is an extract from a very impressive speech by the incoming President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Rachel Dickinson: “It’s also 50 years this year since penguin books first published Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel for a Knave. Barry was born and bred in a small village on the outskirts of Barnsley. His novel crackles with local colour, beauty and some choice northern working-class phrases. At the time, and possibly even still now, the North was thought of as a place filled with dark satanic mills, mines, pits and factories. Hines’ novel describes Barnsley surrounded by beautiful … Continue reading 50 Years since Kestral for a Knave was published: what has changed?

An endorsement from Vicky Parker, Saltburn resident

My family and I have known Craig for many years and have seen what a great job he has done as our local representative, he is always approachable and follows through on his commitments. Craig does not do things for personal glory or status he is a genuine man of good heart who brings knowledge and compassion to every aspect of his life from working to improve children’s services to standing beside constituents and colleagues in difficult times. Craig has shown he is passionate about local community and dedicated to making positive changes for all especially for the most vulnerable … Continue reading An endorsement from Vicky Parker, Saltburn resident

Roadworks for the coming week

REDCAR & CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL GROWTH, ENTERPRISE AND ENVIRONMENT HIGHWAYS SERVICES NOTIFICATION OF ROADWORKS                               ROADWORKS NOTIFIED TO THE DEPARTMENT FOR WEEK ENDING SUNDAY 7th April 2019 DOCKSIDE ROAD / SMITHS DOCK ROAD, SOUTH BANK Major works will be in operation on 2nd February 2019 for up to 6 months for service diversions and construction of new roundabout. Works to be carried out by Hall Construction Services Ltd (Enquiries: 01740650500 or 07970 497873) COAST ROAD, REDCAR Two-way temporary traffic signals will be in operation from 7th … Continue reading Roadworks for the coming week

Tearful school boss won’t give up on kids despite culture of fear on corridors – Teesside Live

Freebrough Academy in Brotton was put in special measures after a scathing Ofsted report — Read on http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/tearful-school-boss-wont-give-15926739 As the R&C Cabinet Member for Education, I know that the failure of this school is caused by academisation. There is simply no proper system, and the Govt have cut funding, in other words a perfect storm. Your elected Council has no say because it’s an academy, and the Govt has removed our Education money so we can’t even give them much help. When things go wrong, senior civil servants are supposedly in charge, but they can’t do much either because there … Continue reading Tearful school boss won’t give up on kids despite culture of fear on corridors – Teesside Live