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The four biggest issues with academies, according to Sir David Carter

Former national schools commissioner Sir David Carter tells editor John Dickens his biggest regret in government, insists he didn’t...

John Dickens
John Dickens
News

Send annual reports to better engage with parents, Carter tells academy trusts

The former national schools commissioner has urged academy trusts to send out “annual reports” to parents, admitting their engagement...

John Dickens
John Dickens
News

MPs’ stern warning over ‘incoherent’ system and costly, ‘risky’ academisation

A powerful committee of MPs has warned that the government failed to properly scrutinise the early stages of the...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Academy autonomy ‘has no positive impact in the classroom’

Almost half of academy leaders believe that the extra autonomy granted to academies has no positive impact in the...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Investigation: The ups and downs of academy CEO pay

Our annual analysis of chief executive pay in the largest academy chains once again reveals huge variations, including between...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

DfE doesn’t check whether academy leaders are ‘fit and proper’

Academy trustees and senior leaders are not being properly vetted for their suitability to run schools, the government’s spending...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

National Audit Office academies report: The key findings

The system used by the government to convert local authority-maintained schools into academies is under National Audit Office scrutiny....

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
Opinion

Trustees beware: know your legal duties!

If there is a single part of the academy system that needs our urgent attention, it is trusteeship, argues...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

RSC pushed to rebroker WCAT schools NINE months before official announcements

The regional schools commissioner first pushed to remove schools from Wakefield City Academies trust in December 2016, though it...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson