• Break the rules and you’re out, minister tells academy bosses

    The academies minister has declared there is “simply no place” in education for discredited academy bosses – and vowed to “take action” against those who flout the rules. Baroness Berridge’s threat comes after the education secretary barred a third school leader this month for breaking academy rules. Nardeep Sharma, the former chief executive of the

    5.00 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Alleged illegal school boss claims he was following DfE guidance

    The director of a west London learning centre accused of running an illegal school has claimed he was following Department for Education guidance when he decided not to register his institution. Nacerdine Talbi, 47, the sole director of the Al-Istiqamah Learning Centre in Ealing, west London, told Westminster Magistrates court today that he believed he

    14.52 Oct. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted prepares to prosecute four illegal schools which refuse to close

    Four illegal schools are refusing to comply with government enforcement notices to cease their operation immediately, forcing Ofsted to take legal action to shut them down, Schools Week can reveal. The education watchdog has issued 38 warning notices to illegal schools so far – resulting in 27 either closed down or reformed. Seven of the

    5.00 Jul. 28th, 2017 | News

  • DfE funds £1m for Ofsted illegal schools taskforce

    The government has committed a further £1 million to fund Ofsted’s team that investigates illegal schools, despite the watchdog still failing to bring a single prosecution against an unregistered school. Initially funded for one year, the illegal schools team was created after former chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw last year warned that pupils in hidden

    5.00 Mar. 3rd, 2017 | News