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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...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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‘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...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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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...

James Carr
James Carr
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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...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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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