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A parliamentary inquiry into the coalition’s education reforms has called on the government to stop exaggerating the success of academies and to be more open about how it runs the programme.

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Aldridge Foundation academies have been in the news. In the last few months the head of one of their academies has been suspended and forced out alongside reports of poor inspection grades and financial problems.

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One day after Nicky Morgan announced the closure of Durham Free School, a second free school, Grindon Hall, in the North East was given an inadequate rating and put in special measures.

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NUT and NASUWT teachers from Merrill Academy in Derby were out in force on the picket line on Tuesday 13th January in a dispute over lack of pay progression and unfair targets and policies.

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The Durham Free School was put into special measures by Ofsted today. Shortly afterwards Nicky Morgan announced in parliament that she was terminating the funding agreement.

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Saturday 7th February. Book up for the SERTUC conference to discuss the fight to save and defend state education. New speaker confirmed from the Swedish …

There are already very many good reasons why academies need greater democratic oversight and accountability. The shocking news about academies stockpiling taxpayers’ cash at the expense of community schools – and therefore the majority of our children – ought make politicians of all parties realise that this programme has to stop.

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Trevor Averre-Beeson was the Head teacher at Islington Green and pushed through the move to academy status against fierce opposition from trade unions and the community in 2008. He has now written a book about his experience, called ‘We Don’t Need No Education – 101 ways to transform a school’ .

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Sweden was an early adopter of for-profit education and has been cited by Michael Gove as an inspiration for some of his reforms. It’s from Sweden that he took the idea of free schools. The key note speaker for the conference with SERTUC on 7th Feb has now been confirmed as Linda Norrby, senior officer of Swedish teaching union Lärarförbundet.

The Daily Mirror estimates that up to £4m may have been spent on free school projects that never opened. That’s on top of the millions spent on empty places in the schools that did open…..

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  • Janet Downs says: There’s also the question of conflict of interest. ATT awarded an ICT contract to Gaia...
  • Janet Downs says: Council appears to be acting arbitrarily. Sedgehill’s last Ofsted (Oct 2013) was RI but...
  • Inkersall Parent says: We feel we must write, in the interest of transparency and fairness, to point out that David...
  • william haggler says: GFS is run in the interest of the governors. There is precious little accountability at GFS....
  • Janet Downs says: Enabling schools to be run for profit was the intention all along. Michael Gove made this clear at...

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