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Troubled school ‘making progress towards change’

A Co Antrim school has made good progress in beginning to recover from a devastating Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) report, it has emerged.

Poor teaching standards, exam |results below the Northern Ireland|average, inadequate special needs provision, serious shortcomings in pastoral care and major deficiencies in management were all uncovered during an inspection at Crumlin |Integrated College in January.

The principal — Dr Annabel Scott — was suspended and it also emerged that the school was expected to be £170,000 in the red at the end of the financial year.

Crumlin IC was put into the |Department of Education's formal intervention process which meant it had to submit an action plan and would be closely monitored by the department over a 12 to 18-month period.

Dennis Harvey, head of Monkstown Community School, was appointed temporary principal.

The North Eastern Education Library Board (NEELB) stated that a new report by the ETI said the school has made good progress in tackling the range of issues identified.

A statement from the board reported that the inspectors said “a satisfactory action plan” has been put in place by the college’s board of governors to deal with leadership, pastoral care, the integrated ethos of the college, standards of teaching and learning and a review of a wide range of school |policies and practices.

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