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Tory peer’s academy trust seeks unpaid workers

An academy trust founded by a Conservative peer is advertising for unpaid volunteers to fill key roles, as plans for another free school bite the dust. Newly published accounts for the Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded in 2014 by Lord … Continue reading

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A response to ‘Academies the School System in England and a Vision for the Future’ West and Wolfe 2018

For the abolition of academy status, not a ‘common rule book’ for co-existence with maintained schools David Wolfe is a legal expert on academies whose website ‘A Can of Worms’ provided valuable analysis for several years. He has recently published … Continue reading

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Some free schools were always ‘bound to fail’, admits former minister

Some free schools were always “bound to fail”, one of the main architects of the programme has admitted. Lord Hill of Oareford, who served as a schools minister under Michael Gove between 2010 and 2013, told a House of Lords … Continue reading

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Ofsted under fire for sharing new inspection plans with MATs

Ofsted has been criticised for giving academy chain leaders advance details of its controversial new inspection framework before other schools. A group representing multi-academy trust chiefs has been given sight of a working draft of the new inspection handbook before it is officially … Continue reading

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Meet the man at the top of the academy tree

Academies have not had a great press recently. Amid stories about failed MATs, soaring salaries and conflicts of interest, the DfE has struggled to get across its messages about its flagship schools policy. But now, the sector has a new … Continue reading

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