State schools in England are legally required to submit school census returns to the Department for Education (DfE).  The information includes personal details and test results for each pupil and is stored on the National Pupil Database (NPD).Official information about the NPD... Read more
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The International Academy of Greenwich (IAG), a free school opened in September 2016, has announced its closure. 

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The new Progress 8 measure helps parents choose the ‘right [secondary] school for their child’, writes the Department for Education.  It’s media...

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