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England’s largest academy trust gives up struggling school

England’s biggest multi-academy trust is set to hand a struggling Leeds school to another chain, ending a seven-year effort...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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Edtech demonstrator programme phase 2: What schools need to know

The Department for Education has confirmed plans for the second phase of its edtech demonstrator programme. Guidance published today...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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DfE keeps edtech demonstrator conflicts ‘action plan’ close to its chest

The government has an “action plan” to address potential conflicts of interest in its edtech demonstrator contract with United...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Major MAT’s edtech demonstrator contract exposes potential governance pitfall

The government insists it has a “robust governance process” for its edtech demonstrator scheme after the selection of a...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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United Learning to take over edtech demonstrator programme

England’s largest academy trust United Learning has been awarded an £850,000 contract to run the government’s edtech demonstrator scheme...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Private school furlough claim not ‘in spirit of scheme’

The country’s biggest academy trust furloughed staff across its private schools for the Christmas holiday, a tactic one law...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Trust embroiled in £2m contract legal row amid move to the cloud

England’s largest academy trust is entangled in a High Court legal dispute with a major software supplier that lost...

Simon Kay
Simon Kay
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United Learning boss rules out taking costly PFI schools ‘ever again’

One of the largest academy chains in England has refused to take on any new schools with costly PFI...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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United Learning and Ark in north-London turf war

Two of the country’s leading academy trusts have clashed over plans for an “unneeded” free school in north London....

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross