Governors

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
Tim Coulson, former Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC) for the East of England, is now chair of governors at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy... Read more
Governors of St Olave’s grammar school were ‘mortified’ they had ‘probably’ broken the law when they asked A-level pupils with low Year 12 exam... 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
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
Academy trusts have been criticised when they bung contracts to companies connected to trustees or their associates. Margaret Hodge, former chair of... Read more
As protests grow at so many aspects of current policy - from an impoverished curriculum to the diminishment of local democracy, the erosion of... Read more
The 2015 Conservative manifesto includes a section on localism and the ‘Big Society’. It describes “a vision of a more engaged nation, one in which... Read more
I have been reading your interview with the Guardian on Friday, and I'm concerned and not a little bit angry. Many of the views you expressed in your... Read more
The speech by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to the NASUWT conference had a ‘relatively polite reception’, Schools Week writes. But a few jeers... Read more
On the 11th February parents of St Josephs Catholic Primary School have discovered through the local newspaper, The Birmingham Mail , that the MAC (... Read more
I am a proscribed organisation. I wasn’t even aware of the fact until the recent news coverage of Schools Adjudicator Dr Elizabeth Passmore’s... Read more
The academy chain E-Act, previously know as EduTrust, is a very poor advertisement for the academies policy. Here are some reasons why. Problems from... Read more
I suppose we knew it wouldn't be long. All those promises from academy groups that there would be no change to governing bodies and that schools... Read more
This is a free + interactive eCourse covering the content of the Politics in Education Summit . With 5 emails over 5 days we’ll learn how to recast... Read more
Robert Bruce Middle School, Kempston, Bedford, is consulting on whether to become an academy. A letter to parents says the consultation runs until... Read more
It is June 2017. The Chair of Governors of Hadesmead comprehensive makes a public statement with a hard hitting critique of government policy. The... Read more
If you are new to the Cuckoo Hall story - new readers every day it seems - and want to see previous posts by Janet Downs and myself on Cuckoo Hall... Read more