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The 22 new free schools approved by DfE

A chunk of the new 22 free schools approved today will open in academy trusts that have expanded rapidly in recent years – despite previous government cautions over quick growth. The Department for Education received 124 applications for the 13th … Continue reading

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In Whose Interest? The UK’s role in privatising education around the world

A new report from the National Education Union and UK civil society organisation Global Justice Now examines the problems with privatisation of school education around the world and the role of the Department for International Development in pushing it through … Continue reading

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Abolish academies – motion for Labour conference 2019

This is a motion written by school workers active in the Labour Party, for Labour’s annual conference (21-25 September, Brighton).

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Ofsted: Curriculum ‘suffered’ because of academisation

The curriculum in England’s schools “started to suffer” because of academisation, a top Ofsted official has said. Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director of education, said today that the inspectorate “missed a trick” because it was slow to respond to schools … Continue reading

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Insolvency Service to help DfE ban rule-breaking trustees

The Department for Education and the government’s Insolvency Service have signed an agreement to regularly share information about academy trusts – making it easier to ban trustees who flout the rules. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) seeks to “facilitate … Continue reading

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