The launch of GCSEs back in 1984 was a ‘quiet revolution’, schools minister Nick Gibb wrote in today’s Times*.  But it’s a revolution that has been betrayed.GCSEs were the brainchild of the then education secretary Keith Joseph.  His vision was for common school-leaving exams... Read more

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E-Act, a long-established academy trust with a chequered history, took over Burnham Upper School in April 2012 and renamed it E-...

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Payments made by Collective Spirit Free School (CSFS), Oldham, and Manchester Creative Studio (MCS) to a related party,...

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‘Parents fear social engineering, says leading head,’ writes today’s Times (£) under an eye-catching front page headline:...

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It was splashed over The Times front page*: Fee-paying schools ‘save the taxpayer £20 billion’.   Full Fact investigated...

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Dorcan academy, a stand-alone academy in Swindon, needs money for capital works.  Dorcan’s latest accounts* say the academy...

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The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA) Trust was dissolved last November.  Its one academy, IPACA, had...

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Aspire Academy opened in 2014 as a stand-alone alternative provision free school.  It was transferred to TBAP in 2017 after...

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Education secretary Damian Hinds has hit back against Jeremy Corbyn’s proposal to replace primary school tests with an...

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Expecting children as young as four to take tests when they join reception classes is challenged by both parents and teachers. ...

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 The Chief Executive of Silver Birch Academy, Patricia Davies, ‘ordered schools to cheat in SATs tests’, a former head teacher told Panorama.

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The following are my personal views arising from Greta’s words.

On climate change

Like Greta, I am with David Attenborough and the...

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Seven academy trusts owed more than £1m each by the end of March 2018, the Department for Education has revealed*.  Here are...

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‘The parents screamed and swore at me,’ says a Sunday Times headline for an article explaining why the ‘visionary head’ of...

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Turner Schools, a small multi-academy trust (MAT) which runs four schools in Folkestone, is proud of the amount of money it’s...

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‘This Government is already undertaking a huge expansion in school places, with one million new places on track to be created...

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National curriculum tests taken in financial year 2018/19 cost around £43m schools minister Nick Gibb has revealed.  The cost...

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Seven academy trusts owed more than £1m each by the end of March 2018, the Department for Education has revealed*.  Here are...

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Aspirations Academies Trust (AAT) is one of seven academy trusts which owed the Education and Skills Funding Agency £1m or more...

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