Academies

Council to lend academy £1m for Holland Park bid as Harris also enters battle

A standalone academy co-sponsored by Kensington and Chelsea is vying with Harris and United Learning to run the scandal-hit...

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Tom Belger
Schools

Government withholds SEND bailouts as councils told to fill £269m hole

Some DfE bailout payments were delayed as councils failed to hit agreed targets, while all councils are being told...

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Tom Belger
Schools

Six in 10 councils face DfE intervention to cut SEND deficits

All councils also face new guidance on making spending on pupils with special educational needs and disabilities 'sustainable'

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Tom Belger
Academies

Council MAT trial next year – but caps on number and size

The DfE will 'test the concept' of local authority multi-academy trusts, inviting councils to join a small trial

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Tom Belger
Schools

DfE hiring up to 8 more advisers to oversee attendance push

A handful of councils alone have slashed more attendance staff than the DfE plans to recruit

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Tom Belger
Schools

DfE to let councils invest absence fines in attendance support

The DfE has also published more prescriptive guidance for schools, trusts and councils on attendance policies

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Schools

Breach school capacity and class limits if needed for Ukrainian children, says DfE

Schools can exceed their published admission numbers and class size limits to ensure children from Ukraine have places

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Tom Belger
Academies

White paper: What academy shakeup means for trusts, councils and schools

Trusts should have 10+ schools, councils will run academies and good schools may exit trusts in shakeup of 'messy'...

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Tom Belger
Schools

DfE to help schools on PFI handover – but guidance ‘too late’

Government guidance admits hundreds of projects risk 'disruption' and paying twice for repairs when PFI deals eventually expire

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Tom Belger