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‘Welcome to the world of free schools’: report reveals chaotic inside story behind closed academy

A since-closed free school was given the funding green light just nine working days before it was due to...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Trusts should avoid one-size-fits-all approach to retention, report warns

Academy trusts should avoid a “one-size-fits-all” policy for improving retention across their schools, new research suggests, after finding staff...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Investigation: Number of pupils in private alternative provision soars

Spend on private alternative provision (AP) has rocketed by almost £7 million in the past three years, with councils...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Grammar schools get more condition improvement funding

Grammar schools have won a bigger chunk of government cash this year, despite having their own £50 million expansion...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News, Politics

Minister admits Opportunity Areas need ‘more ambitious outlook’ to continue beyond 2020

The children’s minister has admitted the Opportunity Area programme could do with a “more ambitious outlook”, after refusing to...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

9,600 schools sign up to baseline assessment pilot

More than 9,600 schools have signed up to the pilot of the government’s new baseline assessment, according to the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Majority of schools with sixth forms post deficit as funding plunges 26%, EPI reveals

More than half of schools with sixth forms posted in-year deficits, as funding has plunged by more than a...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Revealed: Unfunded support staff pay rise leaves specialist schools struggling

Pay rises for support staff are crippling academy trusts that have specialist provision schools – with one trust facing...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

ESFA pulled £3m funding pledge when academy refused to join a MAT

The government revoked a £3 million pledge to fix a school’s crumbling building because its leaders refused to join...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg