Academisation of Catholic schools

A number of Catholic dioceses have been encouraging their schools to take steps to become academies as part of Catholic Multi-Academy Trusts (CATs). We believe that this is a risky move that is also unnecessary in the current political climate and amidst great uncertainty about the future of the academies policy.

When schools are encouraged to become part of a MAT they are often told that doing so will bring stability and security. However, in the experience of the NEU this is often not the case.

https://neu.org.uk/academisation-voluntary-aided-schools

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The day I taught in a military-style academy

The uniform, discipline and Latin mottos from military-style private schools don’t always translate well elsewhere, finds the Secret Supply Teacher

https://www.tes.com/news/day-i-taught-military-style-academy

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Oil tycoon’s foundation among New Schools Network donors

The foundation of a controversial oil tycoon was among the donors to the New Schools Network this year, new documents show.

In what appears to be a first, accounts published by the NSN this week reveal the names of two donors, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Set up by government to promote and help set up free schools, the NSN receives more than £2 million a year from the Department for Education, but also takes in hundreds of thousands of pounds in donations and legacies.

In previous years, the charity’s annual accounts have revealed little about the donations beyond the amounts given by its own trustees. However, this year, the NSN thanked the two foundations in its accounts – though it did not reveal how much each one gave.

Oil tycoon’s foundation among New Schools Network donors

 

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Resounding no from parents to creation of Lewes multi-academy trust at packed meeting

Lewes parents have given a resounding no to any plans to convert six schools in and around the town into academies at a packed public meeting.

Fears have been raised about proposals currently being explored by school leaders about the creation of a private multi-academy trust (MAT), taking them outside of the control of the local education authority.

Parents have already started a petition calling on headteachers and governors to abandon the plans, which has been signed by more than 450 people. The petition also asks for teachers and parents to be balloted on whether they are in favour of their school being converted to an academy. A packed public meeting to allow parents to share their concerns and find out more information was held at the Phoenix Centre on Tuesday night (November 27).

Read more at: https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/education/resounding-no-from-parents-to-creation-of-lewes-multi-academy-trust-at-packed-meeting-1-8721879

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Academy trust bailed out by government over pensions delay

A struggling academy trust relied on a government bailout to ensure it could pay pension contributions, it has been revealed.

TBAP multi-academy trust, which runs 12 alternative provision academies, was issued with a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in August, after leaders requested almost £1 million in additional funding from the government.

It has now come to light that the trust also needed government help to pay its pension contributions.

The financial health of the academies sector is the source of concern in the school community amid stagnating funding. As of last August, 185 trusts, or 5.9 percent of those nationally, were in deficit, up from 167 the previous year.

Academy trust bailed out by government over pensions delay

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