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Acclaimed head teacher got pupils out of bed for maths revision

27/10/2011 Kelly
A head whose school is about to be named the most improved in the country, had her secondary teachers go and get their pupils out of bed to come in to school for maths revision sessions.

It was just one of the unorthodox but effective measures that Rachel de Souza, head teacher at Victory Academy in Norwich, employed as she set about raising standards at the school, the Independent reported.

Maths was the only subject in which the school wasn’t seeing results improve, so when it came to Easter holidays they decided to round up pupils in the school mini bus.

"We discussed it with the parents and only two objected to it because their children were working," she told the newspaper.

"We literally did have to get some of them out of bed."

While only 16 per cent of pupils were achieving five A* to C GCSE grades including English and maths, within a year that number reached 47 per cent.

Figures released by the Department for Education recently showed that this year the number of students getting 5 good GCSEs including maths and English increased by five per cent compared to 2010.

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