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Government considers council MAT for vulnerable Kent primaries
The government is in talks with a council over plans to create a ‘spin-off’ multi academy trust to run the region’s rural primary schools. The negotiations between the Department for...
Make sex education compulsory to stop spread of STIs, say councils
Councils across England say compulsory sex education should be extended to academies in order to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections in young adults. The Local Government Association...
Parkfield School still without sponsor ahead of move to £35m new site
A struggling Bournemouth free school is still without a sponsor less than two months ahead of its move to a £35 million new site, despite re-brokerage to a...
Education committee: Government 'yet to prove case' for new grammar schools
The MP who chairs Parliament’s influential education committee says the government has “yet to prove the case” for new grammar schools following an inquiry into ministers’ plans to expand...
Revealed: The academy trust behind a £200k severance deal
The Great Academies Education Trust, set up by a housing group, has paid £200,000 severance to a former employee – one of the largest exit payments recorded by...
Pathway to 'chartered teacher status' will open in 2018, says College of Teaching
A programme for “chartered teacher status” will open next year, promises the Chartered College of Teaching. But critics question how “proven expertise” will be measured. Lucy Crehan (pictured),...
Just 54 citizenship teachers were trained this year
The number of new citizenship teachers in England has plummeted since 2010, prompting calls for a more “robust” approach to preparing pupils for the modern world. Figures released...
Two for-profit sponsors back out of academy market
Two academy trusts set up by for-profit providers that have made millions running schools across the globe have ended their sponsorship of English academies. The Erudition Schools Trust...
11 academy trusts close their doors
Eleven multi-academy trusts handed at least £770,000 of government start-up funding are set to fold after their schools were transferred to other chains. An analysis of figures detailing...
Teach First plans 40% growth in social opportunity areas
Teach First plans to shift its focus away from London to six of the government’s 12 “opportunity areas”. Brett Wigdortz, the charity’s founder and outgoing chief executive, made...
Schools will not be forced to promote National Citizen Service - but it will still get £424m a year
An extra-curricular project that schools were told they had to promote in assemblies is in financial disarray yet will still be given a budget of £420 million a...