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Building Futures Enterprise Academy Trust issued financial notice to improve
A Cumbrian academy trust with just two schools has been warned over its finances and had its spending powers restricted – becoming the latest in a growing list...
Norfolk council rakes in £500,000 from academy conversion fees
Schools in Norfolk have paid more than £500,000 in “conversion costs” to their local authority to become academies, Schools Week can reveal. The charges cover almost the entire...
Notices to failing private schools to be made public by government
Damning improvement notices for dozens of failing private schools will now be published online by the government, a year after Schools Week first requested and revealed the figures....
Flagship academy re-named after sponsors despite slipping into special measures
An academy has been renamed in recognition of its millionaire sponsor, just months after it was put in special measures and is possibly facing rebrokerage. The Business Academy...
Government toughens up financial oversight demands in new governance framework
The government has toughened up the level of competency it expects from governors over financial oversight following a string of high-profile finance scandals. The Department for Education has...
Mental health first aid 'inadequate' in face of referral delays
The government will train a member of staff in every secondary school to identify mental health problems in pupils, but schools won’t get additional funding to treat or...
Trust rapped over finances now faces losing school after Ofsted visit
An academy trust that was rapped by the government over financial mismanagement relating to its former private company sponsor faces having the funding scrapped for one of its...
East of England has highest proportion of coasting primary schools
The east of England has the highest proportion of coasting primary schools, while London and the north east have the lowest, new government figures have revealed today. Updated...
Baverstock Academy closure on again after second government U-turn
An academy told it would close down before a volte-face from the schools commissioner has now been informed it will likely be shut down after all. Baverstock Academy,...
Councils given £4.2m funding boost to tackle 'remaining challenges' in SEND reforms
The government has announced several million pounds of special educational needs (SEND) funding to help councils move to the new system of education and health care (EHC) plans,...
Government 'looking at' demand for mental health counsellor in every school
A demand for mental health counsellors in every secondary school in England is being considered by the government, the public health minister Nicola Blackwood has said. Blackwood, pictured, says the...