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New free school bids round leaves AP out in the cold

The government’s latest free school wave does not allow applications for new alternative provision, despite a major pledge from...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Licence fees to almost double for cash-strapped UTCs

The Baker Dearing Trust is set to double the membership fee that university technical colleges have to pay, meaning...

John Dickens
John Dickens
Opinion

7 ways to reinvigorate the free schools policy

Since 2010 free schools have helped to transform our education system, bringing high standards, new innovations from which other...

John Dickens
LUKE TRYL
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Tory peer’s academy trust seeks unpaid workers

An academy trust founded by a Conservative peer is advertising for unpaid volunteers to fill key roles, as plans...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Oil tycoon’s foundation among New Schools Network donors

The foundation of a controversial oil tycoon was among the donors to the New Schools Network this year, new...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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DfE to shell out £10m for 200 ‘external experts’

The Department for Education will spend £10 million on 200 “external experts” to advise it on policy areas including...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

New Schools Network boss resigned after PTE merger rebuffed

The board of the New Schools Network turned down a proposal by its interim boss to merge the charity...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Opinion

Did free schools really get the best progress scores?

Free schools came top as the best-performing “type” of school in this year’s Progress 8 tables, but were their...

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REBECCA ALLEN
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DfE spent more than £23m on failed studio schools

The government has spent more than £23 million on studio schools that have either closed or never opened but...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross