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The Hollow Government

Like many government departments, the Department for Education is an anaemic institution; less powerful than its opponents believe, yet more unsure of itself than the civil service care to admit. It has had several identities over the last few years, … Continue reading

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Free school given go-ahead despite 1,600 spare places

The government decided to approve an application for a 1,710-place free school despite there being more than 1,600 surplus places within 2 miles of the proposed site, official documents show. However, the head of the free school has said the numbers used by … Continue reading

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Third of MATs raise £150k+ pay despite DfE probe

More than a third of a group of multi-academy trusts questioned by the government over their high chief executive salaries last year went on to award their top earners more pay, a Tes analysis of their latest accounts shows. Last February, the … Continue reading

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Tory flagship free school Portakabin Academy rated inadequate

One of the Tory government’s flagship free schools, the Paxton Academy in Thornton Heath, has been handed an “inadequate” rating by Ofsted inspectors in a damning report published this week. Dubbed the “Portakabin Academy” because it has been based in … Continue reading

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Harris Federation paying 12 staff more than £150k each

New accounts for 2018-19 show that the Harris Federation had 12 members of staff earning more than £150,000 – an increase of one since the previous year – and 31 earning six figures. They also show the highest paid school leader in … Continue reading

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