Half the staff at Futures have left: School's woes continue as teachers resign

Southend Standard: Half the staff at Futures have left Half the staff at Futures have left

MORE than half the staff at a troubled school will have left by the summer as a new executive board makes major changes, the Echo can reveal.

Fifteen teachers left Futures Community College in Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, as the school broke up for Easter, and another seven are to leave by the summer.

Teachers are leaving as a group of education supremos try to turn around its fortunes after it was put in special measures by Ofsted at the end of last year.

Some are leaving for new jobs elsewhere, but the Echo understands others are angry at the pace of change.

Jane Theadom, Southend Council’s head of learning and a member of the interim executive board, which was appointed in February, said: “The new board includes experienced headteachers and business leaders.

A permanent headteacher has now been appointed, following a national recruitment campaign.

“Subsequent efforts have been heavily focused on addressing the key issues. This has necessitated some rapid changes.

“Early indications are these changes are already having a positive impact on the school’s performance.

“There are a number of reasons for the changes to staff.

“Some were on short-term temporary contracts that have not been renewed. Others are leaving for new jobs, promotions and other career opportunities and some in response to the increased expectations to improve the quality of learning at a faster pace.”

The council denies the exodus is unusual, but the departures mean 22 of its 43 teachers will have left by July.

It is understood the new regime at the school, led by headteacher Stuart Reynolds, are cutting back staffing that ballooned under previous headteacher Stephen Capper.

One of Mr Reynold’s first jobs was dealing with overpopulated staff room that included several PE teachers, but too few specialist maths teachers. but a lot of teachers leaving appear not to be up for the challenge.

The council, which set itself a target of all schools in Southend being “good” or “outstanding”

by September insists the changes are necessary to turn around the school, which inspectors have branded “inadequate and not improving”.

Parents have complained about the number of supply teachers taking lessons, but Mrs Theadom has assured them high-quality staff are coming.

She said: “While it is not an ideal situation to have cover teachers in place, this is unavoidable in the short-term and we are working with the school to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and to recruit high-quality permanent staff who will join the team to continue the good work that has already begun.

“The council has the stated objective of helping all of the schools in the borough to become good or outstanding and we are confident that Futures can make that step-change with the support of the parents, pupils and teaching staff.”

Inspectors are yet to publish a report on the school’s progress after visiting last month.

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9:34am Mon 21 Apr 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Kjm Gandy wrote:
Must be tough, having enjoyed the freedoms of poor management, to then be told to knuckle down to work.
Leaving ? good riddance, all too often, once a school is placed into special measure, the reasons are the staff.
For the first time, I agree with you Kim, too often these days, new teachers, thing they are God's gift, to the new teaching world, but alas lack in the basics...
[quote][p][bold]Kjm Gandy[/bold] wrote: Must be tough, having enjoyed the freedoms of poor management, to then be told to knuckle down to work. Leaving ? good riddance, all too often, once a school is placed into special measure, the reasons are the staff.[/p][/quote]For the first time, I agree with you Kim, too often these days, new teachers, thing they are God's gift, to the new teaching world, but alas lack in the basics... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

12:22pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself.
Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 24

12:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications.

Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society.

Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work!

And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?!

Michael Gove…call me!
K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me! E.C.M.
  • Score: 11

1:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

tttutor says...

Kjm Gandy wrote:
Must be tough, having enjoyed the freedoms of poor management, to then be told to knuckle down to work.
Leaving ? good riddance, all too often, once a school is placed into special measure, the reasons are the staff.
KG considers her/himself an authority on many different topics!
[quote][p][bold]Kjm Gandy[/bold] wrote: Must be tough, having enjoyed the freedoms of poor management, to then be told to knuckle down to work. Leaving ? good riddance, all too often, once a school is placed into special measure, the reasons are the staff.[/p][/quote]KG considers her/himself an authority on many different topics! tttutor
  • Score: -6

3:31pm Mon 21 Apr 14

I care about rayleigh says...

Sorry Kjm - can't agree with you here. NO school can succeed without the support of the parents, and the desire of the students to learn. Both are sadly lacking at Futures.
Sorry Kjm - can't agree with you here. NO school can succeed without the support of the parents, and the desire of the students to learn. Both are sadly lacking at Futures. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 23

4:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself.
Stay off the buses dearie...
[quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself.[/p][/quote]Stay off the buses dearie... CarnMountification
  • Score: -11

6:37pm Mon 21 Apr 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

E.C.M. wrote:
K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications.

Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society.

Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work!

And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?!

Michael Gove…call me!
A.R.S.E Aspirational reassuring special education, now for those idiots, who think schools should become an extension of some inner London youth club, think on, and do the decent thing, as seven here have. Leave..
[quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me![/p][/quote]A.R.S.E Aspirational reassuring special education, now for those idiots, who think schools should become an extension of some inner London youth club, think on, and do the decent thing, as seven here have. Leave.. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 7

7:34pm Mon 21 Apr 14

E.C.M. says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
E.C.M. wrote: K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me!
A.R.S.E Aspirational reassuring special education, now for those idiots, who think schools should become an extension of some inner London youth club, think on, and do the decent thing, as seven here have. Leave..
carnmountyouknowitma
kessense,???

Your post is far to cryptic, so K.I.S.S...what is the point of school? Pray tell!
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]E.C.M.[/bold] wrote: K.I.S.S...Keep It Simple Stupid and focus on the basics! Aspire to create a learning environment and climate, where the Community College's aim is to promote real education and not solely qualifications. Throw into the mix, five Core Values (Managing Feelings, Self-Awareness, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills) with the genuine intention to create successful learners, confident individuals, who will become responsible citizens and make a positive contribution to society. Not a hint of an ‘exam factory’, but where sport and the underlying values are promoted and resilience is instilled into students so they thrive in life and the world of work! And finally where there’s some fun…after all, aren’t school days meant to be the best of your life?! Michael Gove…call me![/p][/quote]A.R.S.E Aspirational reassuring special education, now for those idiots, who think schools should become an extension of some inner London youth club, think on, and do the decent thing, as seven here have. Leave..[/p][/quote]carnmountyouknowitma kessense,??? Your post is far to cryptic, so K.I.S.S...what is the point of school? Pray tell! E.C.M.
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

CarnMountification wrote:
Alice in Her Own Land :P wrote:
Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself.
Stay off the buses dearie...
Feel free to remove your head from your backside.
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alice in Her Own Land :P[/bold] wrote: Don't blame the teachers for quitting! The behaviour on public transport by the pupils travelling on the bus, is appalling. So it can't be much better at Futures itself.[/p][/quote]Stay off the buses dearie...[/p][/quote]Feel free to remove your head from your backside. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: 4

12:36am Tue 22 Apr 14

Southchurch75 says...

43 teachers in a school the size of Futures doesn't seem excessive, so losing half of them is indeed severely destabilising. I see they are taking to blaming the previous head Stephen Capper for ballooning staff numbers. It's always easy to point the finger and blame present woes on previous management. That's a low blow! Governors and the Local Authority have as much responsibility as indeed do the senior management team at the school. I don't blame the staff for wanting to get out. Essentially, we are back where we were not too many years ago when the governing body was replaced with an interim executive board that then spent literally millions on getting the school to the position it is in today! There was even a merger proposed at the time with another school which turned it down at the time. Interestingly, that school then went into special measures, emerged from it in February 2012 and I suspect is teetering on the edge of either being put back into special measures again or at best serious weaknesses under the current ofsted framework. Watch out for a report fairly soon. Inspection took place back in March and report has not yet been issued....not a good omen!
Southend's ambition of having all their schools rated good or outstanding by this year is simply not achievable. 2 senior schools still under local authority control (Futures and Chase) have a mountain to climb yet and Cecil Jones, which is the third still under their control is probably not far behind. Not a good track record for Southend Education Department!
Local Authorities are also assessed by Ofsted on their overall effectiveness. Southend doesn't come out of this too well. The thing that keeps Southend Council from being a massive failure in the education stakes is the success of the grammar schools and all those that have converted to academy status.
43 teachers in a school the size of Futures doesn't seem excessive, so losing half of them is indeed severely destabilising. I see they are taking to blaming the previous head Stephen Capper for ballooning staff numbers. It's always easy to point the finger and blame present woes on previous management. That's a low blow! Governors and the Local Authority have as much responsibility as indeed do the senior management team at the school. I don't blame the staff for wanting to get out. Essentially, we are back where we were not too many years ago when the governing body was replaced with an interim executive board that then spent literally millions on getting the school to the position it is in today! There was even a merger proposed at the time with another school which turned it down at the time. Interestingly, that school then went into special measures, emerged from it in February 2012 and I suspect is teetering on the edge of either being put back into special measures again or at best serious weaknesses under the current ofsted framework. Watch out for a report fairly soon. Inspection took place back in March and report has not yet been issued....not a good omen! Southend's ambition of having all their schools rated good or outstanding by this year is simply not achievable. 2 senior schools still under local authority control (Futures and Chase) have a mountain to climb yet and Cecil Jones, which is the third still under their control is probably not far behind. Not a good track record for Southend Education Department! Local Authorities are also assessed by Ofsted on their overall effectiveness. Southend doesn't come out of this too well. The thing that keeps Southend Council from being a massive failure in the education stakes is the success of the grammar schools and all those that have converted to academy status. Southchurch75
  • Score: 8

9:48pm Wed 23 Apr 14

keepitreal says...

Time for the cane , then the teachers might get somewhere, instead of getting verbal abuse from the dregs of societies kids
Time for the cane , then the teachers might get somewhere, instead of getting verbal abuse from the dregs of societies kids keepitreal
  • Score: 2

12:06pm Sat 26 Apr 14

BinDipper says...

The number one reason for poor performance at Futures is that the MAJORITY of kids there are badly brought up little s**ts - that's bad parenting. The discipline levels at this school are appalling. Since Corporal punishment was scrapped years ago there is no "nuclear" option for misbehaving children. The cane has gone and with it respect. Great teachers are only great if they have discipline. Without it they might as well stay in bed. Kids laugh in their faces these days because they know there is no comeback.
The number one reason for poor performance at Futures is that the MAJORITY of kids there are badly brought up little s**ts - that's bad parenting. The discipline levels at this school are appalling. Since Corporal punishment was scrapped years ago there is no "nuclear" option for misbehaving children. The cane has gone and with it respect. Great teachers are only great if they have discipline. Without it they might as well stay in bed. Kids laugh in their faces these days because they know there is no comeback. BinDipper
  • Score: 2

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