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MPs demand answers from Outwood Grange about ‘flattening the grass’

Two MPs have written to Outwood Grange multi-academy trust about “incredibly concerning” suggestions that it pursued a controversial behaviour policy known as “flattening the grass” to make pupils cry. The MPs said that if these allegations were correct, it would … Continue reading

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Revealed: 28 academy trusts ordered to justify CEO pay

Twenty-eight academy trusts have been ordered by the government to justify salaries of more than £100,000. The academies minister, Lord Agnew, has written to chairs of trustees today in a bid to curb “excessive” salaries. The trusts have been asked to … Continue reading

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Academy rapped over consultancy payments to chair of trustees

A special school that paid hundreds of thousands of pounds to consultants, including one who served as its chair of trustees and chief finance officer, has been criticised by education funding chiefs. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published … Continue reading

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DfE threatens to reclaim £110k loan unless school joins a multi-academy trust

The government has threatened to forcibly claim back a £110,000 loan issued to a single-academy trust unless it joins a MAT. The threat comes as a school leaders’ union issues a warning over the “serious implications” of conditions attached to … Continue reading

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Reclaiming democratic community education: the tide is turning

Central to the strategy adopted by those seeking to privatise public education has been the creation of the so-called ‘independent public school’. These are schools that are nominally in the public sector but detached from traditional forms of democratic community … Continue reading

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