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Judge backs school's decision to stop paying Mayor of Liverpool for providing "no benefit" to pupils
A judge has said a school was entitled to dismiss the city’s mayor from its payroll because he was being paid £4,500-a-year despite “doing nothing for the school...
OSA came to 'flawed' conclusion that London Oratory School admissions system was socially selective, says judge
The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA)  applied too stringent a test when it concluded that the London Oratory School failed to follow diocesan guidance when setting its...
Multi-academy trust hands over leadership of its four schools after Ofsted puts them all in special measures
A new sponsor has stepped in to provide leadership for a multi-academy trust after its four schools were put into special measures this week. The Community Academies Trust (CAT) has taken over...
Poorly performing trust makes top 100 list
An academy trust under fire from Ofsted for poor performance has emerged as the highest ranked schools group on a list comparing the growth of social enterprises in...
Childcare pledge will ‘force providers to close’
The Conservative party’s intention to double free childcare for three and four-year-olds will have a negative impact on the capacity, quality and diversity of early years’ settings, including...
UTC shuts, just as Cameron promises ‘one in every city’
When David Cameron launched his party’s manifesto at Swindon’s University Technical College (UTC) on Tuesday, he claimed that he wanted to see similar institutions opening in “every city”....
MP wants to know who’s top of the (rubble) pile
The government has refused to publish a list of decaying schools that missed out on priority building funds. Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker called for the listing to...
Union criticises four-day consultation on redundancies
The National Union of Teachers has criticised a school for its “sham” consultation on making several staff redundant. Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in St Albans (pictured), Hertfordshire, wrote...
Election 2015: what the parties say they will do for education
In the first of a series of spreads on the election campaign, Freddie Whittaker reports from the manifesto launches of Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. See schoolsweek.co.uk...
Parents question inspectors’ special needs training
A parent of two deaf children is angry about Ofsted’s refusal to tell him if two inspection teams who separately assessed a Berkshire school for deaf children in...
Silent tears as Leonie remembers a fallen soldier
John Dickens joins a group of 52 pupils from Ormiston academies on a visit to the battlefields of the Somme More than 72,000 names are etched across the...