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We’ve won the battle on MATs, says Stuart
Ofsted now has the same powers to inspect multi-academy trusts (MATs) as it does to inspect local authorities, chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has confirmed. The change comes...
Sponsors step away from troubled Liverpool academy
The number of sponsors of the troubled Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA) in Garston is to be cut back. Amey, the lead sponsor of the failing academy, and...
DfE report praised damned free school
A free school faced with closure after Ofsted called its pupils “racist” has released a confidential Department for Education (DfE) monitoring report which just five months earlier stated...
Ofsted refuses to release conference slides
A teacher has questioned why Ofsted refuses to release presentation materials about maths teaching that he claims should be publicly available. The inspectorate’s national lead for mathematics, Jane...
Ofsted changes ruling on Derby school
The headteacher of a free school pulled out of special measures by Ofsted says the school has the “drive and capacity” to make more progress. Ofsted judged Al-Madinah...
Schools must account for EAL spending, experts say
Cash for pupils without English as a first language needs to be better targeted and schools should be held to greater account if it is not spent effectively...
DfE needs plan to stop repeat of 'Trojan Horse', say MPs
MPs are demanding a proper strategy from the Department of Education to help prevent unforeseen school scandals such as the “Trojan horse” affair in Birmingham. A damning report...
Sandwell council loses bid to see secret BSF documents
The Department for Education (DfE) has succeeded in preventing Sandwell Council from seeing information regarding the cancellation of Building Schools for the Future (BSF). A much delayed verdict...
Morgan: Extremism in schools will be identified 'more quickly'
New trustees have been placed in all the academies in Birmingham involved in the Trojan horse affair Education secretary Nicky Morgan confirmed the move as she updated the...
Teachers sent home face long wait for Ofsted pass
More than 240 teachers banned from the classroom because they live with someone who has been convicted of a violent or sexual offence are facing a long wait...
Turning the league tables: How a focus on disadvantage shows new winners
Results released today show that 330 state schools are now falling below the 40 per cent ‘floor target’ of students achieving five A*-Cs in GCSEs, including English and...