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
Test results for English reading and Maths quashed Teachers at Harris Academy Philip Lane ‘ over-aided ’ Year 6 pupils taking SATs in the summer, the... Read more
Over £.5m to Redhill Academy – but which trust? £546,656 was given to Redhill Academy to support financial recovery in financial year 2016/17,... Read more
Financial Notice to Improve issued in 2016 The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), an all-through academy co-sponsored by Dorset... Read more
Transferred to University of Kent trust with ‘inherited deficit’ Chatham Grammar Schools for Girls (CGSG) was given a £51k grant to support its... Read more
St Anthony’s, Glos, one of at least five free schools closed this month St Anthony’s Free school, Gloucestershire, has just closed, Warwick Mansell... Read more
Zero-tolerance risks exclusions for minor incidents It’s reasonable for schools to have ‘zero-tolerance’ policies towards ‘drugs or weapons’, cross-... Read more
Free school run by Floreat Education Academies Trust closed at the end of term Floreat Brentford, a primary free school, opened in September 2015 in... Read more
Pupils told inspectors they now feel safe in school Great Yarmouth Charter Academy (GYCA) became notorious when it opened in September 2017 for... 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
Consider these quotes from this recent Guardian article . The system is now pushing schools and their heads to prioritise “the interests of the... Read more
Investment hasn’t kept up with rising cost pressures ‘It is unarguably the case that rising cost pressures have not been matched by the sort 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
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
‘1.9 million more pupils in good or better schools’ claim is false Former schools minister David Laws has told the Department for Education to stop... 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
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