News

Williamson’s ‘irrational’ refusal to revoke academy order quashed by High Court

The education secretary’s refusal to revoke an academy order for a primary school in the West Midlands has been...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Academy transfers fall to four-year low during pandemic

 The government has spent £38.8 million moving academies between trusts since 2014, official figures show, but transfers fell to...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

RSC headteacher boards rebranded as fresh elections loom

The headteacher boards which advise regional schools commissioners are set for a rebrand, as fresh elections loom for the...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

MATs move to centralise in wake of Covid pressures, study finds

Many multi-academy trusts have moved to centralise HR, finance, health and safety and other policies in the wake of...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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

The slow speed of emergency academisation

Not a single failing school became an academy less than nine months after an inspection in at least 26...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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
Opinion

Academisation makes it harder for local schools to work together

Changes to governance and organisation structures are starting to make it more challenging for schools to work collaboratively, says...

Expert Contributor
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