Academies

‘Education is a public service’ and ‘a common good that cannot be traded’, said Jean-Marie le Guen, the French Minister for Development, at the... Read more
This Guardian article reports research arguing for the existence of a class-based conspiracy to prevent the children of poor families getting into... Read more
On 7 March 2016 I received an email from the Department for Education (DfE). It told me the DfE intended to release in the future the details of... Read more
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... Read more
Future Academies, the academy trust set up by John Nash before he became Lord Nash and schools Minister in the Lords, pledged £2m in endowment funds... Read more
The width and depth of this misunderstanding is demonstrated in this Guardian headline . New test for ‘growth mindset’, the theory that anyone who... Read more
Fast-moving changes in government policies towards sponsored academy pledges put Oasis Community Learning in an ‘impossible situation’, Freedom of... Read more
Five years ago, after the first DfE release of school-by-school data, we wrote about the fact that the data showed that academies did no better than... Read more
School improvement strategies put in place by the University Cathedral Academies Trust (UCAT) in its first five years ‘have failed to deliver the... Read more
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... Read more
Fed up with a couple of years failing to persuade the Information Commissioner and the courts that simply releasing 11+ test marks will undermine '... Read more
Secondary schools in rapidly growing Greenwood Dale Academies Trust (GAT) have been criticised by Ofsted following focussed inspections. Inspectors... Read more
In October, I revealed how just over £10m of the outstanding £13m in pre-2010 academy pledges was owed by just two trusts, Harris Federation and... Read more
Copeland MP Jamie Reed, Mayor Mike Starkie and parents have now been joined in their calls for Bright Tribe to be removed as sponsors of Whitehaven... Read more
I last wrote about Highbury Grove School (HGS) in 2014: I quote 'The parents who chose HG back in 2011 and in successive years have continued to... Read more
After the EU referendum I wrote an article which began by drawing attention to comments made by Conservative Party elder statesman, former Chancellor... Read more
The Harris Federation has not yet paid nearly £6m of the £6.5m it promised for academy capital funding, Freedom of Information (FoI) reveals. Early... Read more
Strong multi-academy academy trusts (MATs) share common characteristics, says Chief HMI Sir Michael Wilshaw in his latest monthly commentary which... Read more