• High Court ruling threatens Ofsted's ability to publish negative reports

    Schools receiving negative Ofsted reports are now more likely to attempt to block them, solicitors have warned in the wake of a landmark High Court ruling. Durand Academy last week succeeded in its effort to quash an ‘inadequate’ grade handed out by the inspectorate earlier this year, and Lee Bolton Monier-Williams, the firm that acted on its

    17.00 Aug. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Judge: Durand management may have taken 'eye off the ball' over EFA squabble

    Management at the under-fire Durand Academy may have taken its eyes “off the ball” due to an ongoing conflict with the Education Funding Agency, a judge has said. The school has won a legal bid at the High Court to have its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating quashed, after a judicial review found that the watchdog’s complaints procedure

    11.33 Aug. 14th, 2017 | News

  • Ofsted publishes 'unapproved' report placing Durand in special measures

    The education watchdog Ofsted has apologised after publishing an unapproved inspection report into Durand Academy that placed the beleagured south London school into special measures. Ofsted criticised the school’s leadership and management, teaching quality and pupil welfare and outcomes in the report published late last night. But it has since been removed and is not longer

    10.11 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Councils run crisis communications classes for schools as trusts up their PR focus

    Councils are running classes for school managers on how to deal with the media in a crisis, while academy trusts are calling in consultants for up to £450 a day, a Schools Week investigation into the cost of public relations has revealed. The recent government investigation into the Perry Beeches academy trust (Former Perry superhead

    5.00 Dec. 19th, 2016 | News

  • A third of academy trusts paid businesses linked to their staff, and 7 other school finance findings

    The education select committee has quizzed senior civil servants as part of their latest hearing into academy finances. Schools Week has rounded up the key findings.   1. More than one in three academy trusts have declared related-party transactions Education Funding Agency boss Peter Lauener said that last year 1,055 of the 2,905 academy trusts

    14.28 Oct. 25th, 2016 | News