Free schools

The last week has not been good for schools worried about money. The Chancellor seems immune to warnings about the state of school funding. The... 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
Secondary schools in rapidly growing Greenwood Dale Academies Trust (GAT) have been criticised by Ofsted following focussed inspections. Inspectors... 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
The Government’s ambition to open 500 new free schools is not ambitious enough, says Toby Young, the new director of the New Schools Network , the... Read more
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