This was the subject of the Channel 4 ‘Dispatches’ programme broadcast on 4 February 2019.As the number of children leaving school in favour of home education doubles, Dispatches asks why, and if parents’ rights to remove a child are coming before the education, or safety, of... 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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£3,559,097 was given out by the Department for Education in ‘exceptional grants’ to stabilise finances in the financial year...

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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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Maths Mastery, Shanghai Maths, Teaching for Mastery (TfM) have been buzz words since Shanghai topped PISA league tables in 2009...

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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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Floreat Silver Meadow primary school was due to open in September 2018 in a brand-new building.   But the long-awaited school,...

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

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Maths Mastery, Shanghai Maths, Teaching for Mastery (TfM) have been buzz words since Shanghai topped PISA league tables in 2009...

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‘…polls consistently prove public opinion supports the expansion of grammar schools.’

So said Iain...

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106 out of the just over 500 free schools* which have opened are in temporary accommodation, Freedom of Information shows...

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Special needs pupils being let down

Councils spent nearly £100m in the past four years on fighting appeals against their...

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Professor Becky Allen of the UCL Institute of Education has written important articles about the Pupil Premium (PP) that I discuss here and here...

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