Opinion

Key questions for multi-academy trust boards

About one in five state funded schools in England is now an academy, and more than half of those...

Emma Knights
Emma Knights
Opinion

Land sharing: it’s going to be difficult to resist

The DfE cannot compel academies to share their land, but changes to funding agreements will make it difficult to...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

Who is the right group to monitor schools?

Having increasingly ‘freed’ schools from local government, it seems they still need to be monitored. But who should do...

Amy Finch
Amy Finch
Opinion

We are about to enter purdah

The looming general election will regulate the conduct of public bodies, including the DfE, local authorities – and schools....

Jade Kent
Jade Kent
Opinion

What are the implications of Tristram Hunt’s private school plans?

Tristram Hunt’s recent speech turned the spotlight on the benefits independent schools receive as a result of their charitable...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

How does being a charity affect a school?

The Education Secretary wants private schools to earn their right be considered a charity. But many state schools are...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

The 13 most critical points in the NAO’s Academies and Schools Oversight report

Today the National Audit Office (NAO) released a document scrutinising the way schools are overseen and intervened on if...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
Opinion

Is a new model of school collaboration emerging?

Collaboration is a new buzzword in education, but there are many ways it can happen. Expert Alison Talbot describes...

Laura McInerney
Laura McInerney
Opinion

Location, location, location: it really does make a difference

Becoming an academy can help to raise school performance, but it’s more difficult if you’re on the coast Location...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips