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School performance project worth £24m ‘not the right time’ says DfE
Plans to display school performance data on one platform have been shelved by the Department for Education (DfE). The department has confirmed it has abandoned its development of...
Ark to pilot ‘Professional Pathways’
Schools Reform Minister Nick Gibb (pictured above) attended the launch of three new sixth forms which are to pilot a new course preparing students for work, including in...
EXCLUSIVE: Secondary opens with 17 pupils
‘Near empty’ free school in South West London opens on land bought by government for £18m A free school has opened in South London this month with only 17...
Bradford ‘destitute’ pupils missing out on extra cash
Yorkshire schools are missing out on at least £650,000 pupil premium funding with foreign children ineligible for free school meals (FSM). When families from the European Economic Area...
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...