Free schools

For one month only, 16 August to 16 September 2016, there are five copies of our book, The Truth about Our Schools: Exposing the Myths Exploring the... Read more
Chetwynde Free School, a former Barrow in Furness independent school faced with dwindling pupil numbers before it became a free school in September... Read more
In the light of the scandal at Kings Science Academy, one of the 24 free schools opened in September 2011 amid great publicity, perhaps it’s time to... Read more
Sajid Raza, founder and former head of Kings Science Academy, Bradford, and two other staff members including his sister have been found guilty of... Read more
As you may be aware verdicts have now been delivered in the fraud trial of three people associated with the King's Science Academy, one of the first... Read more
Graduates who fall behind in student loan repayments while living abroad should be arrested at the UK border, suggests the Higher Education Policy... Read more
Part two of two (part one is here ) At the end of March Islington received a formal complaint of serious misconduct by me. The complainant was a... Read more
Part one of two "A five-year-old is five times more likely than an adult of 30 to develop mesothelioma , a type of cancer linked to asbestos, if they... Read more
Liam Nolan, former CEO of Perry Beeches The Academy Trust (PBAT), was a poster boy for the academies and free school movement. Former Education... Read more
We’re told academies have more financial scrutiny than local authority (LA) maintained), but the National Audit Office (NAO) appears not to agree.... Read more
Readers of this blog will have heard of the "Panama Papers." This huge leak of documents from the Panama law firm Mossach Fonseca has disclosed a... Read more
Phasing out private and grammar schools in the UK is essential if the increasingly cross party call for ‘equality of opportunity for all’ is serious... Read more
Perry Beeches, Birmingham, a favourite academy of Michael Gove when he was Education Secretary and equally praised by his successor Nicky Morgan, has... Read more
Barnfield Business and Enterprise Studio is to close, Schools Week reports. A simple enough statement, it would seem. But not for anyone who’s... Read more
INTRODUCTION Janet Downs' recent post: ""School proposals ‘utter madness’ and lack coherent planning, says Rugby councillor" here . Reports a... Read more
Jerry Roodhouse, a Lib Dem councillor in Rugby, Warwickshire, has condemned plans to use playing fields to rehouse the existing Rokeby Primary School... Read more
LSN readers may have been a little puzzled by headlines yesterday, including in the Guardian, proclaiming ‘Soaring state schools threaten private... Read more
There’s a telling comment by James (now Lord) O’Shaughnessy in Changing Schools: Perspectives on Five Years of Education Reform (edited by Robert... Read more