Academies

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
‘ 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 to feel... Read more
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 up... Read more
James Stewart, who had been head of Sawtry Community College in Cambridgeshire for 30 years and oversaw its academy conversion, pleaded guilty to... Read more
Rules governing academy trust financial management asre still being flouted, Private Eye * reports in an article summarising findings by the... Read more
The Education Central Multi Academy Trust (ECMAT), sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, has been censured by Ofsted following focussed... Read more
St Olave’s and St Saviour’s Grammar School, a Voluntary Aided selective school in Orpington, has refused to allow about 16 of its Y12 pupils to enter... Read more
Cue the usual media images of girls gleefully celebrating their results and Executive Principals extolling the excellence of their schools. There was... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) says it will include 'transfers and funding' in statistics due to be released in September, Schools Week has found... Read more
Over 90 academies have changed hands between the first of January and the first of June, Freedom of Information shows. The rebrokered academies... Read more
Roger’s latest piece is another closely-reasoned critique of the ‘culture of training’ which is taking hold in English schools. The piece is clearly... Read more
Answer: when it’s a general cognitive ability. In the behaviourist ideology of the Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) that is increasingly... Read more
This is the latest example from a BBC report of 3 August. “The very poorest children in England have fallen even further behind their non-... Read more