Unions have challenged the DfE's decision to approve Catholic Diocese of Hallam conversions before governing bodies had voted
Thomas Mills High School was visited in November after being exempt since 2006
Ex-adviser also calls for 'range of new powers' for councils under fully-academised system
Unions claim DfE rules have been 'abused or ignored' to help the Diocese of Hallam academise all its school
Ex-permanent secretary says academisation has left school system 'more centralised than it should be'
Councils question plans to open new 16 to 19 free schools, while leaders warn expansion could affect existing provision
The Catholic MAT drive boosts the DfE's flagging academy agenda, and dioceses say schools are reaping rewards - but...
DfE wants 'successive' 'requires improvement' and 'inadequate' schools moved into MATs
School receives unannounced visit following complaints from parents