Academies

Academy avoids rebrokering threat until third ‘inadequate’ rating

The leeway given to Nuneaton Academy raised eyebrows, with other academies and maintained schools facing swifter intervention

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
funding

Raid on school budgets next year as £41m council grants axed

Councils warn school improvement services and maintained schools face a financial hit, with grant cuts expected to incentivise more...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Covid savings fuel record turnaround in maintained school finances

Lower energy and exam costs saved schools millions during lockdowns

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
school funding

Investigate trusts amassing ‘substantial reserves’, watchdog tells DfE

A report found mainstream school finances had “held up well" in recent years, despite austerity cuts and other funding...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Ofsted boost for school in ‘David and Goliath’ court battle against academisation

A 'good' rating takes Yew Tree Primary School a step closer to resisting academisation after it took the DfE...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
school funding

Councils set to raid school budgets as £50m improvement grant faces axe

The DfE said axing improvement funds and letting councils top-slice school budgets instead meant a 'smoother transition' to full...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Teacher departures down 17% during pandemic, plus 4 more school workforce findings

Teaching’s increasingly young and diverse workforce continued to grow last year as staff departures slumped during Covid, new figures...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Academy orders can be revoked if schools improve to ‘good’, DfE confirms

Failing maintained schools that become ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ before converting into academies can have their academy orders revoked, the...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Investigation: The schools that slip through the council finance net

Thousands of council schools have not had their finances independently scrutinised for more than five years – three of...

John Dickens
John Dickens