Academies

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
It should be straightforward to find inspection reports. Type in a school’s name on Ofsted’s search page and the school’s record appears. But if the... Read more
Tory donor Lord Ashcroft’s academy trust didn’t comply with rules covering academy financial statements, the auditor wrote. Lord Ashcroft is a member... Read more
In July 2014, Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, announced* that schools in Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT) would receive £260,900 from the... Read more
Disappeared: the headteachers sacked and gagged by academy trusts School leaders who don’t show rapid improvement in results are being ruthlessly... Read more
Hackney Downs, a comprehensive boys’ school, was shut in 1995 by Tory education secretary Gillian Shepherd following an unsuccessful campaign to keep... Read more
Two schools maintained by local authorities were ranked in the top ten English schools based on their Progress 8 (P8) scores, the New Schools Network... Read more
Since becoming HMCI in January, Amanda Spielman has had a lot to say about the regrettable effects of the accountability system of which she is now a... Read more
Tim Coulson, former Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the East of England, is now chair of governors at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy... Read more
‘ You put some costs in You take some costs out… ’ The Department for Education appears to be dancing the hokey cokey with what’s included in... Read more
In May last year, 82 academy trusts responded to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests to reveal amounts received in transfer fees (aka rebrokerage)... Read more
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... Read more
University-backed academy trusts haven’t always had a good press. The Government wants more universities to become involved in schools, particularly... Read more
Yesterday I used the Department for Education schools database, Edubase, to check details of some academies which had changed hands. Today I tried to... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) has at last published the costs of transferring academies from one trust to another after a long-drawn-out battle... Read more
Schools Minister Lord Nash was quite clear. In a letter to my MP about the costs of transferring academies from one trust to another dated 26 January... Read more
Education Secretary Justine Greening gave a classic example of deflection yesterday . She avoided a question about the collapse of Wakefield City... Read more