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Government to rebroker Manchester free schools founded by charity boss
Two free schools in Greater Manchester will be re-brokered to new multi-academy trusts after one was placed into special measures on its first inspection and the second given...
Nick Gibb 'comfortable' with schools' approach to cost cutting
The schools minister Nick Gibb has said he is “comfortable” with the way schools are dealing with rising cost pressures. It comes despite headteachers recently revealing how they...
Multi-academy trusts swap data systems for Progress 8
New performance measures such as Progress 8 have led some multi-academy trusts to move away from traditional data-system providers. “Added layers of complexity” have helped to shake up...
Over a third of parents asked for school donations, survey finds
More than a third of parents have been asked to donate money to their child’s school, according to a new survey by PTA UK, a charity which represents...
John Blake appointed education chief at Policy Exchange
A former union activist and founder of the grassroots Labour Teachers website has been appointed as head of education at right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange. John Blake will...
Poor careers advice due to spending decisions by school leaders, skills minister claims
The skills and apprenticeships minster has warned there is “clearly something wrong” with schools where “not enough” good careers advice is delivered as he launched the government’s ‘comprehensive...
EFA paid £16m for £5m Hackney free school site
The government paid £16 million for a free school site that was later valued by the council as worth £5.3 million. The Education Funding Agency bought a former...
Accounts Watch: Academy trust chief gets £85,000 severance pay-out
An academy trust chief executive who resigned after a misconduct investigation received a payout of of more than £85,000. Denise Shepherd was suspended as chief executive of the...
Ministers urged to drop DBS check rules 'killing off' school language exchanges
Education leaders are set to meet the schools minister and urge him to amend new guidance on criminal record checks that they claim are “killing off” school exchange...
Educational psychologists stripped from schools
A decline in the number of educational psychologists working with schools has prompted calls for a shake-up of funding. The number of educational psychologists employed by local authorities...
Basildon Academies trust issued fourth government warning
An academy trust dubbed one of the early “untouchables” has been issued with its fourth government warning notice. The Basildon Academies trust was handed a financial notice to...