Disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for the pupil premium, will be able to ‘benefit from world class education’ because the government’s giving money to selective schools to expand, the Department for Education said.This implies that world class education, whatever that vague... Read more

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Starting on Monday, 25 February at 13.45 on Radio 4, The Secret History of a School follows the history of one school, St...

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It’s over six years since 55 free schools opened to huge fanfare.  The cost of each site and building should be known by now....

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Setting up new selective schools is forbidden by law, but there’s a way to get around this ban.   Existing grammars can apply to...

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145 freehold sites are held by the Department for Education for future free schools, the accounts of LocatED show.

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Following yesterday’s article about eight of the thirteen free schools rebrokered in the financial year 2017/18, details of the...

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Thirteen of the 172 academies transferred in the financial year 2017/18 were free schools.  There are some familiar names among...

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It’s full-speed ahead for promoting academisation at the Department for Education (DfE).  Education secretary Damian Hinds...

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Schools minister Lord Agnew continues to be involved in Inspiration Trust, the multi-academy trust (MAT) running academies in...

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The amount given in ‘exceptional grants’ to academies to stabilise their accounts in the financial year 2018/19 was nearly twice...

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Teachers at the flagship Michaela Community School, a secondary free school in London much admired by schools minister Nick Gibb...

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The HEPI paper claiming grammar schools play a ‘significant role in supporting social mobility’ was incomplete and inaccurate, write three...

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Brexit ‘uncertainties’ are distracting attention from ‘day-to-day’ government business, says the Institute for...

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 Damian Hinds, the education secretary, appears to believe schools which aren’t academies are not making ‘right decisions’.   He’s quoted in...

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This was the subject of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme broadcast on 4 February 2019.

As the number of children leaving school...

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The national papers last week were full of praise for Harris Westminster Sixth Form, described by The Times as the ‘school for...

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GCSEs and A levels should be replaced with graduation at 18, Robert Halfon, chair of the Education Select Committee, is expected...

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What should schools concentrate on?  Building confidence?  Encouraging ‘grit’ and resilience?  Developing ‘character’?  Focusing...

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Robert Owen Academy, Hereford, a free school for 14-19 year-olds opened in September 2013, closed at the end of August 2018...

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