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The National Audit Office has warned that despite £382m spent every year on monitoring schools and interventions, there are weaknesses in government efforts to raise …


It is more than a decade since the original academies programme was launched and 8 years since the AAA was set up. The fall of …

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Four years after Michael Gove became Secretary of State for Education, and more than ten years after the very first academy opened, some fear that the academies programme has now gone too far to stop. Have most schools now become academies? Has the convertor programme proved popular and replaced the need for sponsored academies? Are primary schools converting at an increasing rate? What does the data tell us?


Inspiration Trust to be investigated

The Observer has run another story about the relationship between Rachel De Souza, CEO of Inspiration Academy Trust, and her work for Ofsted.

At a recent Westminster Forum event – The future shape of England’s school system ‐ academies, free schools and accountability and policy options – speakers from the Department for Education, Local Authorities, schools, academies, Multi Academies Trusts (MATs) and campaigns aired a number of contentious issues.


A story has appeared in the Observer 19/10/14, that looks into the claims that three schools had prior warning of an Ofsted visit. It reveals new emails that indicate that they had prior knowledge of an inspection. They also reveal expenses including a Vera Wang teaset costing £420.

Academy Headteacher ‘steps down’ in Leicester

The Leicester Mercury newspaper announced on 16th September 2014 that Mrs Pat Dubas, the head/principal of The Samworth Enterprise Academy, Leicester’s only academy, had ‘stepped down following poor GCSE results’.

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Education and the Election – which way forward for education?
New Speaker added to Steering Committee
Open Meeting ALL Welcome

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Parents who ran a “Hove vs Gove” campaign against plans to turn their local comprehensive into an academy were celebrating a landmark victory today.
Governors at Hove Park School in East Sussex voted unanimously this week against plans to convert the 1,600-pupil school into an academy, after protests from parents and teachers including a one-day strike which closed the school this summer.

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PUBLIC MEETING ALL WELCOME Saturday 11th October 2pm – 4pm London

Come and discuss future education policy with with politicians


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