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Unity Howard to stand down as New Schools Network director

The director of the New Schools Network Unity Howard is to step down this year, the charity has said....

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Death of the single academy? Leaked documents reveal DfE vision

Standalone and small multi-academy trusts will wither away as mergers fuel the growth of larger trusts, according to leaked...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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‘Phoenix’ free schools should replace ‘stubborn’ underperformers, says report

The government should replace “stubbornly” underperforming schools with new “phoenix” free schools, rank multi-academy trusts on improvement and buy...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Safeguarding failures exposed at free school where staff had ‘too many responsibilities’

Vulnerable children were put at serious risk because stretched staff had “too many responsibilities” to carry out safeguarding duties,...

James Carr
James Carr
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DfE names 21 free schools approved in wave 14

Twenty-one more free schools have been approved under wave 14 of the programme, which is again dominated by multi-academy...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Free schools can follow Nightingale lead

The rapid creation of temporary Nightingale hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic shows free schools shouldn’t have to wait for...

Simon Kay
Simon Kay
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Coronavirus: New free schools face disruption after building delays

New schools due to open this September are facing delays as construction is suspended or delayed as a result...

James Carr
James Carr
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DfE property firm’s boss got £30k bonus, despite missed value-for-money target

The boss of the Department for Education’s property company received a £30,000 bonus last year, despite the organisation missing...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Free schools have a ‘branding problem’ says NSN director

Free schools have a “branding problem” and the “political will” behind them has diminished in recent years, the director...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker