Academies

DfE ‘pauses’ diocese academy drive after legal challenge

Unions have challenged the DfE's decision to approve Catholic Diocese of Hallam conversions before governing bodies had voted

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Ofsted

Top-grade school gets ‘inadequate’ after 15 years without inspection

Thomas Mills High School was visited in November after being exempt since 2006

James Carr
James Carr
Academies

Let schools quit trusts and create super-regulator to complete academisation, ministers told

Ex-adviser also calls for 'range of new powers' for councils under fully-academised system

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Unions launch legal action against DfE over diocese conversions

Unions claim DfE rules have been 'abused or ignored' to help the Diocese of Hallam academise all its school

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Academies system has given politicians too much power, says ex-DfE boss

Ex-permanent secretary says academisation has left school system 'more centralised than it should be'

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Schools

‘Elite’ sixth forms: Will they work?

Councils question plans to open new 16 to 19 free schools, while leaders warn expansion could affect existing provision

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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
Academies

Fewer than 1 in 100 schools affected by ‘levelling-up’ academies plan

DfE wants 'successive' 'requires improvement' and 'inadequate' schools moved into MATs

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Ofsted

Ofsted swoops after brawl in school canteen on TikTok

School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents

James Carr
James Carr