Gang violence could increase in Tower Hamlets if plans to shake up youth clubs go ahead, a headteacher has warned.What the hell are they planning to do!?
The council is set to take charge of all youth clubs in the borough, which are currently run by three schools and two affordable housing groups. But the head of one of the schools said the decision will ruin all the work that has been done to combat racism and gang violence in the area.Really? What, the council will install the Ku Klux Klan as governing body?
Kenny Frederick, principal of George Green’s school in the Isle of Dogs, said when she took over running the clubs they were segregated along racial lines and girls did not attend, and she fears this will happen again.Just who is this Kenny Frederick? Well, as stated above, she’s the ‘principal’ (Yuck!) of George Green’s school. And she’s an inveterate commenter on educational and political matters.
In fact, she seems to be the go-to gal for a hell of a lot of reporters.
Here she is in the ‘Guardian’, whinging about the new Chief Inspector of Schools:
Six miles away, on the Isle of Dogs, Kenny Frederick, principal of George Green's school, visibly bristles at Wilshaw's name. This week's league tables will show her school to be well behind Mossbourne on raw results – but they won't show what she's up against: the "contextual value-added" measure, which used to measure a school's performance against social factors such as the numbers of pupils on free school meals, has been dropped.Which was a problem for her, given the location of her school and its catchment area:
Sometimes, Frederick says, her staff have to pick the nits from their pupils' hair before they even try to teach them. She recently handed out dozens of alarm clocks to children who often need to leave for school before their unemployed parents have woken up. It's not about excuses, she says. When ministers visit Mossbourne they talk as if it's in a tough, tough area, but compared with the Isle of Dogs, Hackney's actually pretty well-heeled. A third of the pupils at Mossbourne take free school meals – twice the national average – but that's half the number at George Green's.
"We want the best for our youngsters, but there are excuses," Frederick says. "I have large numbers who would otherwise be in a special school – other schools won't take them, and I think that's morally wrong. I'm not going to refer to Mr Wilshaw's school, though I used to work in that area …" she hesitates, clearly holding back. "Some areas, the children could be left out on the lawn and they'd do equally well because the parents will bring in tutors and so on."Yes, it’s all about money, isn’t it?
Yet I bet the households that have no bottles of Hedrin Treat & Go in the medicine cabinet have 52” flatscreen TVs and all the booze and fags you could want….
And here she is again in the ‘Mail’, whinging about the government’s efforts to help failing pupils:
Kenny Frederick, principal of George Green's School in East London, said: 'It's a bit insulting for someone to send us a letter to say these are your most talented children as if we didn't know that.'Make up your mind, love, are they ‘talented’ or nit-ridden problem children?
It’s a wonder she can run the school AND the clubs and yet still find time for all these interviews, isn’t it?
A Tower Hamlets council spokeswoman said nobody using the youth clubs would notice any differences because the changes would happen at management level.One to watch.