Tue 26 May 2009, The Guardian

The uninvited

By Francis Beckett and Jessica Shepherd
• Warwick University's institute of education has a unique chance to show off its work in local schools at the university's alumni weekend on 20-21 June. But it has cold-shouldered the state schools - some of them very successful - by not giving them time, while the head of Swindon academy, Jan Shadick, gets centre stage. Last year, just 9% of Swindon academy students got five or more A*-C GCSE grades, including English and maths, and half of the pupils failed to get a C grade in maths. The academy is sponsored by the United Learning Trust, which was awarded a badge of shame by support staff union Unison for paying the bare minimum to the lowest paid, and which has the highest turnover of academy heads, losing more than half in two years. Come the alumni weekend, Shadick may think it unnecessary to dwell on these aspects.
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