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In May last year, 82 academy trusts responded to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to reveal  amounts received in transfer fees (aka...

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The Rye Academy Trust must ‘arrange for its schools to join a strong multi-academy Trust’ by 1 September 2018, the Education and Skills Funding...

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A new primary free school proposed to open in 2019 in Kingston-Upon-Thames has been given planning permission by the Council.  

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How quickly events move on!  On Saturday I complained I could no longer access the publicly-available school database.  I accused the Department...

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University-backed academy trusts haven’t always had a good press.  The Government wants more universities to become involved in schools,...

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‘If you feel sick we will give you a bucket. If you vomit - no problem! You’ve got your bucket.’

This is the instruction to pupils claiming...

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Two years ago, Wakefield City Academy Trust (WCAT) was named as one of five ‘outstanding’ academy trusts to receive a share of £10m funding to set...

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Roger’s latest piece is another closely-reasoned critique of the ‘culture of training’ which is taking hold in English schools.  The piece is...

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There are familiar names in the leaked list of winners for funding totalling £45m in the first round of bids for the Department for Education’s...

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The Rye Academy Trust must ‘arrange for its schools to join a strong multi-academy Trust’ by 1 September 2018, the Education and Skills Funding...

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Over 90 academies have changed hands between the first of January and the first of June, Freedom of Information shows.  

The rebrokered...

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We recently visited the Beamish museum in Co Durham. This is a brilliant and highly recommended outdoor museum with many sites connected by...

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I do think we’re at a time, as a country, where this stuff really fits pretty well with economic crises … when you’re in a situation when you’re...

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The width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline.

New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that...

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120 academies transferred to other academy trusts in the eight months from 1 May 2016 to 31 December 2016, Freedom of Information reveals.

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The 2015 Tory Party Manifesto said the party would continue setting up University Technical Colleges (UTCs) until there was one ‘within reach of...

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Two years ago Sir Alasdair Macdonald gave this speech at the Happy Schools conference, organised by the Guardian and my own company...

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