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Janet Downs: 7 of the 34 get-tough warning letters were for academies in one rapidly-expanding chain

In an attempt to show how tough it is with under-performing sponsored academies, the DfE sent out 34 letters since January 2011. 17 of the letters were sent to academies set up under Labour between 2003 and 2009. The remaining 17 were sent to sponsored academies established from 2010 to 2012. But seven letters were for academies run by the same academy ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Stephanie Mensah: "And I quote 'Charity launches £5 million pound appeal to build the first ever children's hospice in Berkshire County' reminiscent of the country's hospital provision or lack of it, back in the era when Great Ormond Street Hospital (providing nursing ......"

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Janet Downs: Only 40% of secondaries have converted, government figures show

40% of secondary schools have converted to academy status according to a House of Commons paper* dated 12 June 2013. The largest number of conversions (primary and secondary), 300, was in August 2011. Only three months hit the 150 mark and a further three hit 100 (all conversions). Government propaganda claims that around 50% of secondary schools are now academies. But this ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Ken Gilbern: "Liverpool College can speak for itself, and I have provided you with the reference. You choose to ignore the comments of a previous education minister that I also quote, condemning me to repeat them: 'Liverpool College is not in this stark position: ......"

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Janet Downs: Council angry at Academy Trust’s decision to close secondary school

You’ve probably never heard of Corby Glen. But you may have heard of the Luttrell Psalter, a sacred text decorated with pictures of everyday life in the medieval village of Irnham. Irnham is in the same parish as Corby Glen and pupils from the village’s Community Primary School recently did a project on the Psalter. Their work was exhibited in ... read more and comment →

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Latest comment by Janet Downs: "According to the Stamford Mercury, Nick Boles has said there are alternatives including (a) Charles Read finding another sponsor, and (b) a group running Charles Read as a free school (but it would have to be viable). Option (a) ......"

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