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Devon Element School teachers 'have not been paid'

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Twenty-three teachers are taking court action against an independent school, claiming they have not been paid for several months.The group will attempt to have Element School in Paignton, Devon, put into administration, lawyers said.The school which had new owners in the summer of 2017 is facing a hearing on Tuesday 19 December.Owner Kirsten Clayton said they were “working hard to resolve the current issues”.More stories from Devon and CornwallEighty-five pupils have reportedly left the school since the start of the Autumn term, with just 45 left.Formerly called Tower House School, it takes children aged between two and 16 years old.’Staff continue to work’Ashfords, the lawyers representing the teachers said: “On 11 December an administration application was issued against Element Schools Ltd by 23 members of staff who are owed wages.”An application has been listed for a hearing on 19 December and until that time the company is not in administration and it will be business as usual, and staff members have continued to work despite not being paid.”Ms Clayton said: “I am absolutely committed to the future of the school and am therefore still working hard to resolve the current issues. “We inherited some problems at the school as a result of several years of decline and underinvestment and so are also working hard to put in place a financial and strategic solution to ensure the school is put back on a stable and firm footing”. A Department for Education spokesperson told the BBC that Ofsted held an emergency inspection last week because of the concerns being raised and “a decision on next steps will be taken following receipt of the report.”
Source: Devon BBC