Academies

Theresa May’s speech on university tuition fee reform omitted one salient fact : it was the Coalition government which raised fees to up to £9k from... Read more
The headline is true. But it’s also mischievous and misleading. Mischievous because it attempts to demonize free schools. It’s an antidote to recent... Read more
Local authority maintained schools are among the best in the country when judged by Progress 8. I’ve said so before . But let's be honest: this... Read more
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published what is probably the most comprehensive study yet on ‘The Attainment Gap’ , which has been the... Read more
The proportion of pupils entering at least five EBacc subjects has gone down since 2016, from 39.7% in 2016 to 38.2% in 2017, Department for... Read more
I’ve had no problems in the past getting the names of academies which have changed hands in a particular period. I’ve asked the Department of... Read more
It’s nearly two years since Liam Nolan, CEO of Perry Beeches Academy Trust (PBAT), left under a cloud . PBAT had been slapped with a Financial Notice... Read more
The Chief Executive of the Diocese of Leicester Academy Trust (DLAT), David Morris, transformed culture at the trust, inspectors wrote after a... Read more
Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services, is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The probe is... Read more
69 academies have closed for a ‘fresh start’ according to Department for Education (DfE) data*. Closing an academy for a new beginning appears to... Read more
52 secondary schools inspected in 2016/17 have not improved from requires improvement or worse since 2005, Ofsted’s Annual Report for 2016/17 reveals... Read more
The story is familiar to anyone who has read David Laws’ book Coalition : the Department for Education (DfE) under Michael Gove was dysfunctional and... Read more
The Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT) has received glowing praise from Ofsted, Schools Week reports. A focussed inspection of seven DEMAT... Read more
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07.12.17 by
This post is prompted by an article in today's 'i' newspaper that includes a table of EU and EFTA countries in order of the percentage of secondary... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) ‘must take ownership of blame in contributing to the historical problems that had brought about the current... Read more
Academies should be able to return to local authority support if they wish, voted Wakefield councillors after a passionate debate* on the failure of... Read more
Baxter College, Kidderminster, opened in February 2017. That’s what the Department for Education database says. School Performance Tables also say it... Read more
Skegness Grammar School was judged to require improvement after inspectors visited the school during focussed inspections of academies in the David... Read more