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Minister writes to Bradford Council asking for action on aiding disadvantaged

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Ralph Berry Councillor Ralph Berry

Bradford education chiefs have been rapped by a Government minister for “the poor achievement of their most disadvantaged pupils”.
The Council is among the authorities to receive stern letters amid concern over the stubborn attainment gap between children from wealthy and struggling backgrounds.
Ministers fear the apparent success of many schools masks a failure to improve the performance of boys and girls from the poorest homes.
Ofsted inspectors have already been ordered to strip the “outstanding” label from any schools where disadvantaged youngsters are still falling behind.
Now Schools Minister David Laws has written to the Council – and 86 other authorities – demanding “decisive action”.
The Department for Education (DfE) refused to release the letter or the names of the councils it had targeted, but the Telegraph & Argus has established that one is Bradford.
Councillor Ralph Berry, the Cabinet member for education, mounted a strong defence of its record in pushing for higher standards – and pointed out schools largely ran themselves.
He said: “We have received a letter from David Laws, but we believe we are making good progress on this.
“It is a high level priority for us to narrow the gap for free school meal pupils and, according to the regional director of Ofsted, we are making faster progress than some other authorities.
“We have a system for challenging the performance of schools, but we are being held to account for money that doesn’t go through us.”
Mr Laws is concerned that ‘pupil premium’ money – £2.5bn allocated to schools with the poorest pupils – may not being spent wisely everywhere.
The best schools have employed extra teachers and staged booster classes, but others have been accused of failing to drive up standards.
In recent evidence to a committee of MPs, Mr Laws expressed concern that poorer white pupils were falling behind and that girls still outperformed boys.
He said: “More money is extremely important, which is why we have introduced the pupil premium. But it is about getting the accountability system right and creating strong incentives for schools to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, who may have very low levels of attainment.”
A DfE spokesman said new guidance had “made clear” to councils that they must intervene where disadvantaged pupils were falling badly behind.

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4:37pm Mon 19 May 14

sorrow&anger says...

Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. Doesn't City Hall care about anything?

Bradford also has one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the country. The only realistic way to do anything about this is education. Even the Producer City hype coming from Cllr Green notes that 'the majority of new jobs growth will be higher skilled occupations. 6,000 will require NVQ level 4 (degree level)'.

Are these high value jobs to be denied to people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Does he believe, like his Tory colleagues, that success only belongs to the offspring of a privileged and monied elite?
Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. Doesn't City Hall care about anything? Bradford also has one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the country. The only realistic way to do anything about this is education. Even the Producer City hype coming from Cllr Green notes that 'the majority of new jobs growth will be higher skilled occupations. 6,000 will require NVQ level 4 (degree level)'. Are these high value jobs to be denied to people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Does he believe, like his Tory colleagues, that success only belongs to the offspring of a privileged and monied elite? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 6

6:53pm Mon 19 May 14

pcmanners says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. Doesn't City Hall care about anything?

Bradford also has one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the country. The only realistic way to do anything about this is education. Even the Producer City hype coming from Cllr Green notes that 'the majority of new jobs growth will be higher skilled occupations. 6,000 will require NVQ level 4 (degree level)'.

Are these high value jobs to be denied to people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Does he believe, like his Tory colleagues, that success only belongs to the offspring of a privileged and monied elite?
It was the Government that pointed out that Bradford wasn't doing enough for the poor. It's typical of Socialists they talk big and do nothing.

However the pupil premium is a huge policy mistake brought about by the communists in the LibDems. People are rich because they are smart and work hard, naturally they pass these abilities onto their kids who will go on to succeed in life.

Trying to reverse genetics by throwing money at it is a Socialist delusion that the Government should scrap. You can't polish a tird. Lysenko and the other Stalinists were wrong.
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: Another national league table and Bradford's at the bottom. Doesn't City Hall care about anything? Bradford also has one of the worst youth unemployment rates in the country. The only realistic way to do anything about this is education. Even the Producer City hype coming from Cllr Green notes that 'the majority of new jobs growth will be higher skilled occupations. 6,000 will require NVQ level 4 (degree level)'. Are these high value jobs to be denied to people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Does he believe, like his Tory colleagues, that success only belongs to the offspring of a privileged and monied elite?[/p][/quote]It was the Government that pointed out that Bradford wasn't doing enough for the poor. It's typical of Socialists they talk big and do nothing. However the pupil premium is a huge policy mistake brought about by the communists in the LibDems. People are rich because they are smart and work hard, naturally they pass these abilities onto their kids who will go on to succeed in life. Trying to reverse genetics by throwing money at it is a Socialist delusion that the Government should scrap. You can't polish a tird. Lysenko and the other Stalinists were wrong. pcmanners
  • Score: 3

7:16pm Mon 19 May 14

FinlandStation says...

Shame on you Councillor Berry! Where are your socialist principles? It doesn't matter where the money comes from, if you can help improve the life chances of disadvantaged kids then it is your duty to do so. What has happened to the Labour party in this City?
Shame on you Councillor Berry! Where are your socialist principles? It doesn't matter where the money comes from, if you can help improve the life chances of disadvantaged kids then it is your duty to do so. What has happened to the Labour party in this City? FinlandStation
  • Score: 5

11:04pm Mon 19 May 14

Grumpygirl says...

This story isn't really about the fact that Cllr. Berry has messed up again. That's old and predictable news.

This story is about money that comes from our national taxes and is administered by people paid from our local taxes: yet we're not allowed to know what's in the letter from Mr. Laws. ClLr Berry won't tell us. He has decided to treat us like one of the children he has failed to help. Is it any wonder that just about everybody has given up on politics, especially the kind of politics practised by the Bradford Labour Party machine?
This story isn't really about the fact that Cllr. Berry has messed up again. That's old and predictable news. This story is about money that comes from our national taxes and is administered by people paid from our local taxes: yet we're not allowed to know what's in the letter from Mr. Laws. ClLr Berry won't tell us. He has decided to treat us like one of the children he has failed to help. Is it any wonder that just about everybody has given up on politics, especially the kind of politics practised by the Bradford Labour Party machine? Grumpygirl
  • Score: 0

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