Local schools

2017 assessments even more baffling than those for 2016 openers Two days ago, I highlighted puzzling aspects of impact assessments for free schools... Read more
Bizarre assessments don’t inspire confidence When free school proposals are approved, the Department for Education does a risk assessment before... Read more
Shoring up schools needs to be open and fair If a shop goes bust, it’s likely to quickly close its doors. But this can’t happen with schools.... Read more
Not additional funding – must be repaid Academy trusts received £4,734,656.00 of advances in the financial year 2017/18, Freedom of Information (FoI... Read more
Sandymoor school boasted it would be ‘outstanding from day one’ When Sandymoor free school opened in Runcorn in 2012 as part of the free school... Read more
Crumbling Cumbrian school will receive ‘substantial capital investment’ At last, after ten years, Whitehaven Academy is getting new buildings. It... Read more
Gaps in provision mean many pupils will miss out Education secretary Damian Hinds has announced a £5m fund for twenty ‘careers hubs’ intended to... Read more
DfE must address major concerns The Public Accounts Committee’s report into the way the Department for Education (DfE) handled the conversion of... Read more
19 still waiting for named sponsor after two years It’s one of the Government’s proudest boasts – when schools fail it will take immediate action.... Read more
PLEASE WATCH THIS FILM - A Healthy Education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F5bv_YAgZ4 This is a short film to raise awareness about asbestos in... Read more
Repair bill expected to be £5 million The head of The King’s Church of England School in Wolverhampton, James Ludlow, is ‘extremely angry’ that a... Read more
Nine in ten local authority schools are good or outstanding According to schools minister Nick Gibb, speaking to the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools... Read more
Redundancies at Great Yarmouth Charter Academy threaten ‘broadest’ curriculum Inspiration Trust runs two secondary schools in Great Yarmouth:... Read more
The proportion of schools judged good or outstanding has fallen, revised data from Ofsted reveals. Ofsted has altered the way it reports inspection... Read more
‘Academy chains are disproportionately found amongst the top 20 of secondary school groups’, says the Education Policy Institute (EPI) in its report... Read more
An open meeting will be held on 20 June in Rugby, Warwickshire, to probe the sudden departure of Lois Reed, head of Ashlawn School, a bilateral... Read more
The LSE academies report contains ‘certain assumptions that cannot go unchallenged’, says Leora Cruddas , CEO of the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools... Read more
Greenwich Council, recently criticised for paying £1.5m to an academy trust mainly for land the council already owned, forked out £13m to change a... Read more