• Academy trust expenses claims: The dos and don'ts

    It was hard not to be shocked by the Dispatches/Observer investigation into academy trust expenses and perks. The Department for Education (DfE) states that academy trusts are independent charitable companies. They are also classified by the Office for National Statistics as central government public sector bodies. While academies are responsible for their own financial management, they

    14.50 Jul. 25th, 2016 | Opinion

  • When setting up a multi academy trust, what appointments do you have to make?

    If you are setting up a multi academy trust, what are the minimum number of executive appointments you need to make and what roles do they do? Jessica says: In answering this question, I have focused on the appointment of the board of trustees (also known as the directors) of the multi academy trust (MAT).

    13.57 Jul. 18th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Results are in: Academy status works for the best and worst schools, but that's about it

    After years of debate over the effectiveness of academy status, the Education Policy Institute has now released data which it says shows the causal impact of academy status on school performance. Editor Laura McInerney took a look at explains what the researchers found.    Does academy status lift performance in schools? It’s a vital question

    0.01 Jul. 12th, 2016 | News, Opinion

  • White paper is a 'goner', says policy expert

    Major reforms such as forced academisation face being kyboshed in the wake of Brexit, Whitehall experts have told Schools Week. Policies unveiled in the government’s latest education white paper, published just three months ago, could be sidelined until a new government forms, and could even be dropped, they say. Those policies include plans to force

    17.00 Jun. 30th, 2016 | News

  • The real challenge awaits for Cameron and Morgan

    The government may have made a u-turn on forced academisation, says Lucy Powell, but its misguided fixation with school structures remains David Cameron and Nicky Morgan have been forced into a humiliating climbdown. However they try to spin it, they have made a major concession by dropping their target to force all schools to become

    5.00 May. 14th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Less of a U-turn and more of a Z-turn

    Do you remember last Saturday? It was boiling hot and the world was sunny – not least because Nicky Morgan had announced on Friday afternoon she wouldn’t be making all schools into academies after all. Except, it wasn’t that straightforward. (It never is). At 6.30am on Saturday I therefore found myself explaining to listeners of

    5.00 May. 13th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Forced academisation looms for coasting councils

    Nicky Morgan last week announced a u-turn over the government’s controversial proposals to force all schools to convert into academies. Instead, it wants new powers to academise all schools in a local authority where the council is deemed to be either underperforming or ‘unviable’. The ‘triggers’ for both have yet to be decided, as John

    17.00 May. 12th, 2016 | News

  • Morgan to define 'underperforming' councils with consultation and vote

    The definition of “underperforming” councils that will be used to force schools to convert to academies will be set out in a consultation and put to a vote of MPs, Nicky Morgan has said. The education secretary told the House of Commons today that new plans to convert all schools in areas where a council is

    17.00 May. 9th, 2016 | News

  • Government u-turns on forced academisation plan

    The government has abandoned plans to force all schools to become academies, the government has confirmed. This is a u-turn on proposals announced in the budget and developed in the education white paper. It comes in the wake of threats of strikes by teachers and school leaders in opposition to the plans. Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, has

    15.14 May. 6th, 2016 | News

  • No academies u-turn announcement as Morgan dodges questions

    Questions about the future role of local authorities in schools went unanswered as Nicky Morgan faced a grilling from MPs about plans to convert all schools into academies. During education question time in the Commons this afternoon, the education secretary dodged several questions about reports that councils could be given the right to set up multi-academy

    15.52 Apr. 25th, 2016 | News

  • 'It's all about the money': The REAL reason behind forced academisation

    Why are the Conservatives intent on making every school into an academy? It’s not about standards, it’s all about the money, writes Mike Cameron. It is becoming clear to anyone with even a passing understanding of the issues that academisation is not a universal panacea that cures all of a schools ills. The evidence we

    19.44 Apr. 14th, 2016 | Opinion