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Tuesday, 05 May 2015

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Teacher redundancies announced at Barrow school

A BARROW school announced a round of teaching redundancies.

Furness Academy in Barrow

The Board of Governors at Furness Academy announced on Thursday March 19 2014 that six of its 90 teaching staff posts are to be cut in the areas of additional needs, art, music, PE and technology.

Notice will be served to the affected staff by May 31 and their contracts will be terminated at the end of the summer term.

The announcement made to staff today is a result of a review of the curriculum for the next academic year and creating a new timetable which has been designed to meet the needs of the students.

Executive Principal, Des Herlihy, said: “It is regrettable that we must take this action, but balancing budgets is a necessary part of school management. Voluntary redundancies are being sought and every effort is being made to continue to identify other operational efficiencies in order to guarantee no further pressure on support staff jobs.”

Ted Creighton, chair of governors, said: “We realise that this news will come as a blow to morale throughout the school, but unfortunately it is a necessary step. The consultation phase will begin immediately and if suitable alternative opportunities arise during the notice period, vulnerable staff will be considered first for any such posts.”

The new Furness Academy building, which opened its doors to 11 to 16-year-old students in September 2013, offers a range of 21st Century technology and purpose-designed facilities.

The academy was placed in special measures in May and it has a new executive principal.

It continues to make steady progress against its action plan for recovery, which the academy says is being rigorously upheld by the governors and teaching staff alike at every level.

Have your say

Meeting the needs of the students? Really? More like meeting the needs of league tables that are measured using the '8 key subjects' of which Art, Music, PE and DT are not included. I know for a fact that the Art dept is a strong one that ensures the students achieve well and has had 100% A*-C pass rates. What is education coming to where the creative pupils are let down by one man's idiotic views. Speaking as a person who would have been victimised by this ridiculous new view of education had this happened when I was at school, Mr Gove you have no idea of the real world.

Posted by Ann on 19 March 2014 at 22:04

Such a shame for those affected but it's happening everywhere, especially in this area. With the lowest school roles in years the schools in the area are way under subscribed....add to that government cuts to education and its a dire state. Of course, in a town with falling roles, somehow there was deemed a need to fund a 'free' school. Again, any news on the number of places available there in years 8-11 if you exclude students not there this year?

Posted by J Hoddle on 19 March 2014 at 20:27

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