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Heads go after bad reports

Two headteachers and a depute have been removed in two primaries in Clackmannan and West Lothian following critical reports from inspectors.

Falla Hill primary, Fauldhouse, in West Lothian joins the already high-profile case of Clackmannan primary in Alloa on the HMI hit list. Of 45 reports on schools across Scotland issued this week,these were the only two which received the lowest rating of "unsatisfactory" for their management.

Inspectors also found a majority of children at Falla Hill were failing to meet targets in key curriculum areas. They say Bill Lavery, the headteacher, was conscientious and committed to the school's 260 pupils but spent too much time on administrative and disciplinary matters. Stronger leadership was needed to improve the quality of learning and raise staff morale.

Mr Lavery took early retirement this month and Georgina McBride, his deputy, quit teaching in the summer. The school is being run temporarily by an assistant head.

Meanwhile, the HMI report on Clackmannan primary confirms the reasons for the removal of Rena Mitchell as headteacher. HMIs said she had "failed to gain the support and confidence of the staff and of a significant number of parents".

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