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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...

James Carr
James Carr
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Investigation: Gagging orders demanded in controversial rebrokers 

Academy trusts looking to take over scandal-hit schools have been asked to sign “gagging orders”, an investigation by Schools...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Academy rebrokerage process needs reform, says departing trust boss

The government must reform its academy transfer approval process to allow both sides more time to work out if...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Lilac Sky investigation report STILL not published

The Department for Education has failed to meet its own pledge to publish a long-awaited investigation report into a...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Ministers have U-turned on 33 attempts to force schools to become academies

The government has revoked more than 30 academy orders, some after schools have spent years in limbo and often...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Holland Park school spent £15k on Farrow & Ball paint and £6k on Jo Malone candles

A state school is facing potential government action after a Schools Week investigation unearthed thousands of pounds have been...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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OECD chief: England isn’t making the most of academies

England’s academies are failing to capitalise on the “best ideas”, says the OECD’s head of education, calling for more...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Investigation: The highs (and occasional lows) of academy CEO pay

Nearly half of the academy trusts ordered by the government to justify high salaries paid their chief executives more...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Church schools hit by related-party transaction rules

Trusts with church schools face having to disclose minor transactions such as lending minibuses to each other under new...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg