More than 12 teachers face losing jobs at school in special measures

The Stoke Sentinel is reporting that at least 12 teaching staff could lose their jobs after a school announced cost-cutting plans.

The posts under threat at University Academy Kidsgrove are understood to include several in core subjects such as English.

The school – which was placed in special measures a year ago after failing an inspection – is now consulting with staff.

It comes as the school’s sponsor, the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT), has announced changes across several of its academies.

Steps include introducing a ‘streamlined’ curriculum from this September, although it’s not known if students will have a narrower choice of GCSEs. UCAT said pupils would still be able to take specialisms like art, the performing arts and technology, alongside the main academic subjects.

In a statement, the trust added: “The UCAT board agreed that developing consistency across academies – both in what was taught and how it is delivered – would be a key factor in achieving the necessary improvements.”

Altogether, 11.6 full-time equivalent teaching staff posts at UAK are set to be lost.

Latest available figures show the school has around 47 teachers and seven teaching assistants.

A source, who didn’t want to be named, said: “At a time when there’s a national shortage of teachers, they’re making staff redundant. It doesn’t make sense…”

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  1. BarnsleyNASUWT

    SchoolsImprove Sadly we can only expect more redundancy announcements as schools struggle with squeezed budgets & look to develop #EBacc

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove A school sponsored by a university is in special measures; another story today begs universities to open free schools. Hmmm

  3. UCAT was paused from taking on more academies in 2014.  The predecessor school to University Academy Kidsgrove, Maryhill, required improvement when UCAT took it over.  Ofsted judged the academy to be Inadequate although monitoring has said it’s taking ‘effective action’ to remove special measures.
    The link on the academy’s website to the Ofsted report doesn’t go to the report but a page puffing up the academy and which contains a couple of cherry-picked comments from an Ofsted report.

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