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Academies' boss defends teaching

Richard Rose Academy
The academies only opened in September

The chief executive of two under-fire schools in Carlisle has defended their teaching standards.

The Richard Rose Central and Morton Academies only opened in September but have been plagued with problems.

Parents have criticised the schools but chief executive Peter Noble said children were being taught well.

An independent parents' group is meeting at Greystone Community Centre on Wednesday at 1900 GMT to discuss their concerns.

Earlier this week governors at both academies, which have a combined total of more than 2,100 pupils, held talks with teachers after they rejected new pay and working conditions.

Parents of pupils at both schools have also raised concerns about poor behaviour, too many people on the sites and poor Year 11 mock exam results.

Tracking progress

Mr Noble said: "Every eight weeks we track each individual child against their target and have introduced dedicated support, especially in English and maths.

"We are putting in a whole range of mechanisms to improve attainment and tracking progress.

"We have got a very focused programme for the GCSE students.

"We have got clear targets and a new behaviour policy. It is a difficult period but we are confident we will get out of it."

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