Opinion

Let’s agree a standardised year-by-year curriculum for all schools

In my role as Director of Academies for a large multi academy trust, I know how important it is...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

Andy Burnham and the too-vague really-lame education policy

“I will restore a local role in overseeing schools, rejecting the growing market of free schools and academies.” That’s...

Nick Linford
Nick Linford
Opinion

‘Sponsorship is not a cure all for improving coasting schools’

Professor Becky Francis gives us her view on academies and the new “coasting schools” definition, in light of the...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

How to understand your academy’s finances

It can be daunting, but academy trustees are legally bound to understand the financial position of their school. Read on ....

Phil Reynolds
Phil Reynolds
Opinion

2,833 or 1,179 – how many schools will fall under the new coasting definition?

Yesterday, Schools Week reported on analysis by Education Datalab which showed almost 1,200 schools would be defined as “coasting”,...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
News

Government to rewrite academy rules after staff member halts school conversion

The Government has been forced to stop the academy conversion of a school after opposition from a single staff member. It will now...

Sophie Scott
Sophie Scott
Opinion

It’s a chance to hit the accelerator

There are the challenges of securing sufficient places, teachers and funding, but with a majority government and an experienced...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
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...

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