Pippa Allen-Kinross

  • After the storm: Who clears up when academy trusts collapse?

    “I went through a calendar with someone in the first week and said: ‘I can see there is a training day at a strange point in the year, what’s that for?’,” Jo Saxton, chief executive of Turner Schools, recalls. Her trust had just taken over two schools from the Lilac Sky academy trust, which shut

    5.00 Feb. 17th, 2020 | News

  • Durand land finally being handed back, but private firm demands compensation

    A private company linked to Durand Academy has finally agreed to hand back land on the now-closed school’s site, but is demanding compensation from the government. Durand Education Trust owns land occupied by a leisure centre and housing at the school in Lambeth, south London. The school’s original sponsor, Durand Academy Trust, is being wound

    12.34 Jan. 24th, 2020 | News

  • School branded 'inadequate' over Islamic leaflet launches legal challenge

    An Islamic girls’ school has launched a legal challenge after being rated ‘inadequate’ because inspectors discovered an “inflammatory leaflet” advertising a conference in 1994 on a bookshelf in the library. Birchfield Independent Girls’ School, in Birmingham, insisted they had no idea the leaflet was there and it “has no place in our teachings, curriculum or

    18.04 Jan. 23rd, 2020 | News

  • Free school rapped for off-rolling after 'encouraging parents to home-educate children'

    A free school has been criticised by Ofsted after inspectors found it encouraged parents to home-educate or find different schools for their children. Heyford Park Free School, in Oxfordshire, has been rated ‘inadequate’ and told to “eliminate the practice of off-rolling”. Heyford Park’s report, published on Friday, warned that senior leaders and trustees “have failed

    13.17 Jan. 22nd, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted's annual report 2019: MATs more focused on back-office than curriculum, and 5 more findings

    Ofsted has published its annual report for 2019, with key topics including illegal schools, off-rolling and the standards of exempt schools. The inspectorate has also hit back at criticisms of its new framework, but that’s covered in detail here. Here are six things you need to know.   1. Pupils with low prior attainment ‘less

    10.25 Jan. 21st, 2020 | News

  • DfE recommends £26k starting salaries and 2.5% rise for heads

    The government is proposing a pay rise for all teachers – from 6.7 per cent for new starters to 2.5 per cent for experienced teachers and heads. The Department for Education, in its recommendations to the School Teachers’ Review Body published today, said the rises are “affordable for schools” because of its plans to invest

    0.01 Jan. 21st, 2020 | News

  • NEU wants 7% pay rise for all teachers

    The National Education Union has called on ministers to follow the example of their Scottish counterparts and award all teachers a seven per cent pay rise. In its submission to the School Teachers’ Review Body, the union also made the case for removal of performance related pay in schools and for the restoration of a

    13.20 Jan. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Spending ‘weaknesses’ at trust where trouble-shooter boss resigned

    An academy trust whose government trouble-shooter boss resigned in mysterious circumstances last year has reported “weaknesses” in expenditure and “overuse of petty cash”. Sarah Gillett, chief executive of Ace Schools Multi Academy Trust, was suspended from her post in May pending a disciplinary process. Emails between the trust and the DfE, obtained by Schools Week

    5.00 Jan. 19th, 2020 | News

  • Secondary school league tables delayed over missing re-mark results

    The publication of key stage four performance tables and statistics will be delayed by two weeks after a “significant number” of “key” re-mark results were omitted from the data. Neil McIvor, the Department for Education’s chief statistician, announced on the DfE website that that the figures, which were due to be published next Thursday, will

    15.31 Jan. 17th, 2020 | News

  • We must change the ‘fat cat’ narrative of anti-academies groups, says CST

    Academy trust leaders need to find their voice and seize control of the narrative from pressure groups such as the Anti-Academies Alliance, a lobby group for chains has said. In a new paper, the Confederation of School Trusts, which represents academy trusts, claimed the sector has allowed the narrative to be “dominated” by “those who

    5.00 Jan. 18th, 2020 | News

  • Shock £1m deficit at trust where ousted CEO got £25k bonus

    An academy trust unknowingly ran up a £1 million deficit while its now-ousted boss was paid a £25,000 bonus, new documents reveal. Financial accounts for the Holy Family Catholic Multi-Academy Trust have shed further light on the details surrounding the departure of former chief executive Tom Quinn. In April, Schools Week revealed that Quinn, who

    12.33 Jan. 17th, 2020 | News