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Wanda Noakes begins her second year as headteacher at Daubeney Primary School in Hackney, East London, feeling she has just a few weeks left to turn the school around.
Continuing scrutiny from the Hackney Learning Trust, below average Year 6 SAT results and the possibility of an Ofsted inspection keep up the pressure.
Wanda holds an INSET day to improve the standard of teaching and learning, and encourages staff to adopt a more thematic, creative approach.
She also plans to set up a nurture group for children with specific needs. SENCO Francine Martin and assistant headteacher Increase Eko discuss what's involved and how the pupils will benefit.
Wanda is still dealing with serious staffing issues but enjoys training and is delegating more. Despite limited funds the nurture group goes ahead and a new secure reception area is built.
Part of the series: New Heads