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Tens of thousands of pupils at rudderless ‘zombie schools’

An estimated 53,000 pupils attend so-called zombie schools that are stuck in administrative limbo as they wait for new sponsors. Official figures show that 93 academies are in the process of transferring between trusts after their original sponsor backed out. … Continue reading

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Career civil servants could head academies system

The DfE is planning changes to the system that oversees academies which could lead to career civil servants rather than former school leaders overseeing thousands of schools, Tes can reveal. It is understood that the proposals could also see the offices … Continue reading

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Academies giant AET gets second school improvement warning in a matter of weeks

Another school run by the Academies Enterprise Trust is in hot water and may be rebrokered to another sponsor because of falling standards. Dominic Herrington, the national schools commissioner, has issued another “minded to terminate” notice to AET warning the … Continue reading

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Academy with £20 million PFI contract ordered to improve its finances

A school tied into a £20 million PFI contract and with “significant” deficits forecast this year has been ordered by the government to improve its finances and join a multi-academy trust. Bradfield School in Sheffield, which is expecting to have … Continue reading

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Ministers have U-turned on 33 attempts to force schools to become academies

The government has revoked more than 30 academy orders, some after schools have spent years in limbo and often after they have been at the centre of fierce battles over their futures, a Schools Week investigation has found. Analysis of … Continue reading

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