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Letter exposes U-turn on AET outsourcing
The Department for Education (DfE) appears to have made a U-turn on its involvement in a plan by the country’s largest academy chain to outsource non-teaching roles. Academies...
Free schools ‘creaking’ property search system should be given to professionals, says charity boss
The government should consider handing over responsibility for finding new school sites to property companies, the head of a charity that supports proposed free schools has said. Writing...
MPs call for nursery schools to become academies
Two MPs are calling on the Department for Education (DfE) to consider allowing nursery schools to become academies. In a parliamentary debate last week, they said they believed...
Late reprieve for Sikh free school plan in Leicester
A Sikh-ethos free school that had its funding pulled five days before opening may yet open in October after being granted a second chance by the Department for...
Agnew joins Nash at Future Academies
A non-executive board member at the Department for Education (DfE) has taken a new role with an academy trust founded by education minister Lord Nash, Schools Week can...
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Governors sacked and eight staff suspended as exam cheating investigation is widened
An academy trust has sacked a school’s entire board of governors and suspended eight staff amid exam cheating allegations. Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) revealed today it had...
Tradition and innovation: finding the balance
Educationist Martin Robinson emphasised the importance of a balance between tradition and innovation. Speaking at Saturday’s conference, Mr Robinson (pictured) gave the audience tales of how research could...
Major report into academy trusts finds conflicts of interest and weak oversight
The education select committee has published an independent report highlighting conflicts of interests at academy trusts and concerns about government oversight. The commissioned report, published today, was compiled...
Up to 40 schools face 'wave' of Ofsted no notice inspections
Ofsted announced today it is to “mount a wave” of no notice inspections this month in light of the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham. HM Inspectors are to...
Free school decision letters published after two year battle
After a two year battle, the Department for Education (DfE) has published decision letters sent to the first waves of successful free schools. However, the DfE were “unable to...