Staff ‘turbulence’ led to £259k bill for teachers

IMPROVING standards at a Batley school have been noted by inspectors.

Last week Batley Business and Enterprise College was shown to have one of the highest spends in the area on supply teachers – but the reason for the £259,197.53 bill in 2014/15 was made clear in an Ofsted report.

It said five teachers had left the school since the last visit in February, on top of several others previously.

The report stated: “Some teachers have responded well to the support and training they have received although some teachers have chosen to leave...

“... a more settled position has now been reached and the college expects to be fully staffed with permanently-appointed teachers from September.”

The report noted the school, which also has a revamped governing body, is taking steps to become an academy.

In January, the secondary was branded “inadequate”, with a “serious weakness” designation.

Earlier this month, The Press was given advance details of what was going to be in the latest Ofsted review.

The full report states that headteacher Samantha Vickers is “systematically tackling the causes that led to the college’s decline in overall effectiveness.”

She and other new leaders have brought “greater drive and determination”, which is raising expectations all round.

Tailored support means those on the pupil premium are doing better, while overall GCSE exam results are expected to improve.

The report concluded: “The performance of teachers is being managed robustly and mediocrity is being effectively challenged.

“The headteacher and governors have managed the turbulence in staff that has resulted well and have successfully recruited more effective middle leaders and teachers.

“This, together with good support to address any teaching that requires improvement, is improving the quality of teaching overall.”

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