New head at Darwen Vale High School promises change

A new head at a school where staff held a strike over student behaviour, has said he is confident he can implement an action plan within three weeks.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said its members may strike again if agreed action points are not in place by the end of May.

Interim head John Lawson was appointed when headteacher Hilary Torpey was suspended after the strike.

"I am supremely confident we will manage this," he said.

'Put smile back'

Mr Lawson said he told staff: "We want to put a smile back on the face of Darwen Vale.

"We're not here to look backwards, we're only here to look to today and tomorrow."

This is the second time Mr Lawson has been head at the school. Previously he was appointed as interim head when a past headteacher died.

Unions and management have agreed a series of action points.

Staff claimed pupils have physically and verbally abused them, filmed lessons on mobile phones and threatened to post them online.

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