Academies

Legal threats and governor revolts: Inside the mass academisation of Catholic schools

The Catholic MAT drive boosts the DfE's flagging academy agenda, and dioceses say schools are reaping rewards - but...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools

‘Discrimination’: Small trusts denied two-thirds of repairs cash

One school has seen six bids to replace a dilapidated classroom rejected, sparking claims rural schools are at a...

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
Academies

Trusts rack up £3bn surplus, and 6 more academy sector accounts findings

The report reveals rising reserves, more spending rule breaches and more trusts under scrutiny over high pay

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Masks back in class at Oasis schools as other trusts weigh similar move

Oasis said other academy trusts were also considering going beyond DfE guidance to tackle Omicron

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

DfE lets Harris and Oasis off the hook for £9.4m academy sponsor contributions

The government has written off cash owed as collection efforts have been 'exhausted'

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

Archdiocese ‘ruling by diktat’ as schools told to academise by 2023

The Archbishop of Birmingham has said academisation is an "essential" reform to protect Catholic education

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Schools told to hike contributions to boost repairs grant bids

Schools must double their contributions to score top marks in CIF bids

Tom Belger
Tom Belger