Posts by: john.dickens

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The Department for Education (finally) published its annual accounts yesterday. As expected, it wasn’t good news. The government’s spending watchdog said the accounts lacked “truth and fairness”. You...
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A council in England has sought reassurances over the safety of its PFI schools that were built by the same firm behind the collapsed school in Scotland. Leicester City...
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A new report published today has delved into the data to try and determine whether academies get better results than local authority-maintained schools. Schools Week has the pulled...
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The Department for Education has today appointed a new regional schools commissioner (RSC) to take over from Sir David Carter after his promotion. Rebecca Clark, national education director...
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Teaching pupils “real-world” maths skills like estimating the cost of gas bills will be tested under new trials to gauge if they improve maths results. The Education Endowment...
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The country’s largest council, located in a key election battleground, has passed a motion rejecting the government’s plan to turn all schools into academies. Birmingham City Council last...
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An education charity has announced it will step away from providing school improvement services for a county council so teaching schools can instead lead the way. The CfBT...
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Junior schools minister Lord Nash has today announced that all academies will be expected to set up “parent councils”. It appears to be the latest government attempt to...
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The government is facing a £1.1bn funding blackhole to fulfill its pledge of converting every school into an academy, new analysis by Labour suggests. Figures published in response to...
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A special needs free school has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted with inspectors claiming a lack of access to external support was a “key element” in the...
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NB – This story was published as an April Fool’s story. All schools will be forced to remove the term “school” from their name and replace it with “academy”...