Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (AIBET) is in financial difficulties.  It runs two Bournemouth academies, Harewood College, a secondary boys’ school, and Avonbourne College, a secondary girls’ schools with co-educational primary and sixth form.AIBET was... Read more

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Five warnings to academy trusts were published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in June and July.

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Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (AIBET) is in financial difficulties.  It runs two Bournemouth academies, Harewood College...

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A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment.

A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test....

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The ‘headlines’ in the New School Network publication The Case for Free Schools are puff statements.  In particular, the data is dragooned to...

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The New Schools Network (NSN) has published a blurb called The Case for Free Schools.

It would be tempting, but wrong, to write a case...

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Rutland County College, a sixth form annexe to Casterton Business and Enterprise College (CBEC) based in Oakham, announced closure in April after...

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This Weekend's Survation poll found that 26% of voters changed...

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This year nearly 40% of children in their last year at primary school have been told they did not reach the ‘expected standard’ in Key Stage 2...

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Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (AIBET) is in financial difficulties.  It runs two Bournemouth academies, Harewood College...

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Kathleen Mitchell, champion of comprehensive schools and social education, died on 22 May 2017.  She was aged 100.

Kathleen didn’t start out...

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The Conservative Party policy on grammar schools is abhorrent. It would take a blog and a half to recount all the evidence that has been...

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The Department for Education (DfE) appears to be trying to bury the cost of transferring academies from one multi-academy trust to another – a...

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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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At the end of last year the Local Schools Network website passed one million unique viewers, in the years since our launch. Here are our top ten...

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