Schools

DfE wants schools to find £1bn savings to cover rising bills

The DfE also vowed to help schools cut energy and water use, fund more finance training and improve flood...

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Covid

Academy reserves surge to £3.9 billion after Covid savings

The average academy trust saw their reserves jump 29%, boosted by unlikely Covid windfalls

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Academies

White paper: What academy shakeup means for trusts, councils and schools

Trusts should have 10+ schools, councils will run academies and good schools may exit trusts in shakeup of 'messy'...

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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

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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...

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Covid

Covid savings fuel record turnaround in maintained school finances

Lower energy and exam costs saved schools millions during lockdowns

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Tom Belger