Free schools

Carillion, the global construction firm and provider of support services, is to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The probe is... Read more
Perhaps it was suffering a New Year’s Eve hangover. Perhaps it was January blues. Whatever the excuse, the statement by the Department for Education... Read more
A plan for a new ten-storey secondary academy on a site which has already cost taxpayers £15m has been rejected by Bromley councillors . The Science... 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 Department for Education (DfE) doesn’t have a schedule for publishing impact assessment for free schools opening in September 2016 and September... Read more
We’ve been here before. Time and again this site has said there isn’t enough data to come to a firm conclusion about the performance of free schools... Read more
The Department for Education (DfE) says it won’t publish impact assessments for free schools opened in 2016 because they aren’t ready yet, Freedom of... 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
20% of free schools which entered pupils for GCSE in 2017 were below the Department for Education (DfE) floor standard of -0.5 for Progress 8 (P8)... Read more
The Department for Education’s use of statistics has often been criticised by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). Using flawed figures to claim the... Read more
A new primary free school proposed to open in 2019 in Kingston-Upon-Thames has been given planning permission by the Council. The site for GEMS... 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
Education Secretary Justine Greening gave a classic example of deflection yesterday . She avoided a question about the collapse of Wakefield City... 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
Freedom of Information law allows government organisations to refuse disclosure of requested data under certain conditions. One reason is a declared... Read more
Schools minister Nick Gibb was clear : 86% of mainstream free schools approved since 2014 have been where school places were needed ‘and the... Read more
Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Trust (AIBET) is in financial difficulties. It runs two Bournemouth academies, Harewood College , a... Read more
A comprehensive school accepts pupils irrespective of prior attainment. A grammar school accepts only pupils who pass a selection test. According to... Read more