Fifteen free schools changed hands in financial year 2018/19, Department for Education data reveals*.  This brings the total of free schools transferred to new trusts to 46**, 10% of open free schools***.Nine transfers were initiated by the trust running the free school.  One... Read more

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Nearly £8m was awarded in grant funding (aka transfer fees) to academies which changed hands in financial year 2018/19,...

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Falmouth School, Cornwall, has been served with a ‘Termination Warning Letter’ by Dominic Herrington, the National Schools...

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Nine academies run by notorious academy trust Bright Tribe were transferred to new trusts in the financial year 2018/19,...

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The total cost of transferring academies from one trust to another now totals £31m, newly released Department for Education data...

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It’s vital to fight fake news, education secretary Damian Hinds said in a recent press release.

He’s...

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Fulwood Academy in Preston has been less than good since it opened in 2009.  It’s surprising, then, that the stand-alone academy...

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When Donald met Ron

In the autumn of 2016, Donald Trump paid a visit to a charter school in Cleveland, Ohio.  Candidate Trump gave a...

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It’s nearly nine years since the Academies Act was propelled through Parliament with the speed usually reserved for emergency...

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Transcripts on government websites of speeches by politicians and officials are usually accompanied by the speaker’s mugshot.  But this wasn’t the...

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Local authority maintained schools are slightly more likely to be good or better than academies, newly-released data from the...

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Michael Gove, environment secretary, told the BBC* he was ‘ready’ to join the Tory leadership battle.  ‘Ready’ to unite the...

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Michael Gove’s bid to become the next prime minister began with contemplating the fickle nature of fate.  What would have...

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Academies should be allowed to return to the stewardship of their local authority if teachers, parents and locals support the...

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Bright Tribe and its associated trust, ALAT, face a possible £1.8m clawback by the Department for Education, Schools Week...

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An alternative provision unit run by TBAP, the academy trust investigated by Panorama in March after whistleblowers alleged...

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Should there be a rule preventing MPs from repeating questions that have already been adressed many times in the current...

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Bright Tribe Trust and Perry Beeches The Academy Trust are both still listed on the Department for Education’s approved academy...

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The Department for Education has written off up to £5.7m owed by the notorious academy trust, SchoolsCompany, Schools Week...

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