Policy

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
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
ULT surprise name among academies given DfE grants to stabilise finances United Learning Trust (ULT) was given £685,674k to stabilise its finances in... Read more
Lilac Sky trust given £122k by DfE in same financial year Lilac Sky Schools Academies Trust (LSSAT) became notorious in August 2016 when its... Read more
SchoolsCompany Trust had ‘liquidity’ issues The SchoolsCompany Trust, which is losing The Goodwin Academy and its three Pupil Referral Units (PRUs),... Read more
£4m in grants awarded - and they don't have to be repaid Over four million pounds in total was given to fourteen struggling academies and University... 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
Inspiration would run Trafalgar College and GY (VA) High by September 2016, DfE officals said But no consultation or publicity had taken place ‘The... Read more
DfE compensated Southall College for costs re proposed Floreat Southall School The Department for Education (DfE) paid Southall College £750k for ‘... Read more
FoI request for details of grants for 2016/17 delayed Five days ago, I wrote about the refusal of the Department for Education (DfE) to reveal the... 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
Too hasty to say higher results in global reading test are due to policy changes ‘ Good phonics teaching, as highlighted by England’s highest ever... Read more
Publication would prejudice how public affairs are run Academies struggling with their finances can in exceptional circumstances receive a grant to ‘... Read more