The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) took over Goodwin Academy, Kent, from the notorious SchoolsCompany Trust (SCT) in September 2018.  The academy had been bailed out with grants from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for two years before it was transferred.... Read more

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When a local authority school is judged inadequate, a directive academy order (DAO) is issued.  This means the school must close...

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Pupils at Michaela Community School achieved stellar GCSE results in 2019, the first year the school entered pupils for GCSE...

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The notorious SchoolsCompany Trust was stripped of its academies in 2018 after the discovery of serious failings at three...

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Five letters warning academy trusts that their funding may be stopped following inadequate judgements were published yesterday. I reported on...

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What a coincidence.   Education secretary Gavin Williamson namechecks the Confederation of Schools Trusts in a Commons debate on...

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The Academies Enterprise Trust, one of England’s largest multi-academy trust with 61 academies, has received a second letter...

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Pupils at Michaela Community School achieved stellar GCSE results in 2019, the first year the school entered pupils for GCSE...

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The Department of Education ‘does not anticipate’ receiving the independent investigative report into the former executive...

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Hackney New School closed for a fresh start at the end of October after the free school had been downgraded from good to...

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‘We cannot let Michael Gove’s sterling work be wasted.  The former Education Secretary was passionate in his desire to improve...

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Academy trusts must ‘control the narrative’ which has been dominated by opponents of academization, says the Confederation of...

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Khalsa Secondary Academy, a Sikh free school in Buckinghamshire, has been sent a ‘minded to terminate’ letter by the area’s...

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The Learning Link Multi Academy Trust which runs four primary schools in Dudley has been served with a Financial Notice to...

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Turner Free School, one of four schools run by Turner Schools, has ‘exceptional scholars’, an ‘amazing PFTA’, ‘amazing faculty...

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‘…we are investing more now—record sums—in education.’

Boris Johnson, 8 January 2020, House of Commons...

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Khalsa Secondary Academy, a Sikh free school in Buckinghamshire, has been sent a ‘minded to terminate’ letter by the area’s...

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‘MAT performance data should not be used to infer performance of the MAT system as a whole,’ the Department for Education says...

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Yesterday, the Tate group asked the new government to provide  sufficient funding for an ‘arts-rich curriculum’.

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