• Academy orders can be revoked if schools improve to 'good', DfE confirms

    Failing maintained schools that become ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ before converting into academies can have their academy orders revoked, the Department for Education has officially confirmed. The DfE has today updated its statutory guidance on “schools causing concern” with more detail on the scenarios in which academy orders can be revoked. This appears to be the

    14.06 Oct. 2nd, 2020 | News

  • Green: ‘Messing’ with school structures not priority

    “Messing around” with school structures should not be a Labour priority, the shadow education secretary has said.  Speaking at an online event at Labour’s “Connected” party conference, Kate Green said she would not be “scrambling successful schools for the sake of having perfect structures”, indicating the party would not move to bring all academies back

    15.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Fraud police drop Bright Tribe investigation

    Fraud police have dropped their investigation into the Bright Tribe academy trust, Schools Week can reveal. The investigation was launched after a Panorama probe accused the trust, founded by businessman Michael Dwan, of making false claims for hundreds of thousands of pounds for building and maintenance government grants. They’ve previously said they can’t release such

    7.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Break the rules and you’re out, minister tells academy bosses

    The academies minister has declared there is “simply no place” in education for discredited academy bosses – and vowed to “take action” against those who flout the rules. Baroness Berridge’s threat comes after the education secretary barred a third school leader this month for breaking academy rules. Nardeep Sharma, the former chief executive of the

    5.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • DfE paid £490k to rebroker three failing Steiner schools

    The government paid out almost half a million pounds in grant funding to rebroker three failing Steiner schools, new data shows. Steiner free schools in Bristol, Exeter and Frome were moved to the Avanti Schools Trust last year after all three were placed into special measures by Ofsted. The schools are now called Avanti Gardens

    12.29 Jul. 16th, 2020 | News

  • ESFA raps trust that spent £2.4k on wellbeing conference and spa break for senior staff

    An academy trust that spent over £2,400 on a wellbeing conference and spa break for senior managers has been ordered by the government to take “urgent action” to resolve issues with its financial management. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published a report of an investigation into the Learning Academy Partnership (South West), a

    15.34 Jul. 15th, 2020 | News

  • 'Orphan' school shunned by 3 sponsors rated 'inadequate' - again

    An “orphan” school that has been waiting nine years for a sponsor after being shunned by three academy trusts has been rated ‘inadequate’ again. Ofsted inspectors found a “sizeable minority” of pupils at Hanson School, in Bradford, do not “regularly follow the rules”, with disadvantaged youngsters not achieving “as well as they should”. The 1,600-pupil

    10.15 Jul. 7th, 2020 | News

  • DfE spent £50k trying to hide academy chief vetting failure

    The Department for Education spent almost £50,000 attempting to keep secret its failure to properly vet a businessman it allowed to run an academy trust that later collapsed. Johnson Kane co-founded the Education Fellowship Trust in 2012, and became chief executive for its 12 schools and 6,500 children until its closed six years later. The

    5.00 Apr. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Struggling academies offered help from resource management advisers

    Academies in financial difficulty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may be offered help from the government’s cost-cutting advisers. In a letter to academy trust accounting officers, Education and Skills Funding Agency boss Eileen Milner said government “may be able to assist” schools in trouble by matching them with a school resource management adviser.

    11.08 Apr. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Coronavirus: Put academy conversions on hold, says councils' body

    Academy conversions should be put on hold so that councils can focus on supporting schools to stay open, according to the body representing local authorities. The Local Government Association believes council time spent on dealing with conversions of maintained schools into academies is “undermining council efforts to coordinate sufficient school places for vulnerable children and

    0.01 Apr. 10th, 2020 | News

  • Academy orders 'flawed' as 1 in 4 schools improve before help arrives

    Over a quarter of schools inspected by Ofsted after receiving an academy order improved while “in limbo” waiting to join a trust, leading experts to brand the system as “flawed”. According to Ofsted’s annual report, 97 of the 170 schools with looming academy orders have been re-inspected – meaning they hadn’t been academised within up

    5.00 Mar. 9th, 2020 | News