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How long can the DfE stay neutral in Ofsted v the MATs?

Stay neutral? The DfE has consistently been at the heart of the problem. The turf war between Ofsted and the academisers has been inevitable for a very long time. The DfE can’t solve the problem because it’s part of the … Continue reading

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Multi-academy trusts: Welcome to The Godfather, Part IV

Some of the country’s most powerful Dons, on the other hand, do now control many schools, across vast swathes of the country. The geography may sometimes appear to be fairly odd, but they are all held together by the classic … Continue reading

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Academy fat cats’ 23% pay rise short-changes us all

The humongous pay packages enjoyed by some of our state school leaders may have crept up on us over the past 15 years, in the same way that academy autonomy quietly fell away with the advent of the multi-academy trust (MAT). … Continue reading

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Northamptonshire academy trust defends ‘explicitly homophobic’ sex education policy

A Northamptonshire academy trust has defended accusations that a sex education policy it created is ‘explicity homophobic’. The East Midlands Academy Trust says in its policy that promotion of homosexuality and bisexuality ‘will not be permitted’ and links the spread … Continue reading

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The ‘deeply challenging’ fall-out from academisation

As the council leader of one the largest cities in the North of England Judith Blake is in a position of power and responsibility. She is also a leading voice on education nationally for town halls through the Local Government … Continue reading

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