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Government launch ‘mortgage’ offer for academies
Academies will for the first time be able to borrow government cash, “like a mortgage”, in a bid to improve facilities or expand their schools. They will be...
Regional school commissioners begin to flex their muscles
A local authority’s choice of school sponsor has been vetoed, in a first sign of the government’s new regional schools commissioners (RSC) showing their muscle, Schools Week can...
College of Teaching to have three year ‘incubation’
It will take three years for a proposed College of Teaching to get up to full capacity after its initial launch, the team behind the plans has said....
GCSE secrets of top six local authorities
Schools in six local authorities have bucked the downward trend of this year’s GCSE results and boosted their results. Provisional results released by the Department for Education (DfE)...
No link left behind for edu watchdogs’ website move
Exam regulators Ofqual and school inspectors Ofsted, both independent bodies, are to move their information and services to GOV.UK, the single government website. Last month Ofqual announced its...
Double-funded academy say there will be ‘no difficulties’ in repaying
A free school in south London that opened with 17 pupils has said it will have no problem paying back overfunding, after it emerged that it was being...
Unions slam Osborne for classifying teacher pensions as ‘welfare’ spending
Teacher pension costs are being classed as ‘welfare’ in tax advice statements being sent out by the government, and teaching unions have reacted angrily. The Treasury has said...
Two funding bodies but no pay rise for Lauener
The government is to save a £142,000 chief executive salary by also giving the boss of the schools funding body oversight for adult further education. Peter Lauener, chief...
Ofsted appoints lawyer for second investigation into Norfolk ‘tip-off’ allegations
Ofsted has today announced it is to appoint a senior law professional to carry out an independent review into allegations that three schools received prior notice of inspections. The...
More areas with ‘struggling schools’ given access to leadership scheme
Struggling schools in 10 areas of England are to be given the chance to recruit “talented leaders” to help them improve. The Futures Leaders Trust, a charity aimed...
Academies given permission to borrow from DfE capital funds
Academies and colleges will be allowed to borrow money from government capital funds for the first time, it has been announced. The Department for Education (DfE) will loan academies funding...