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‘Give local authorities power to intervene in academy school cases’

The leader of West Sussex County Council has been asked to call for a change in the law governing local authority powers to intervene in the running of academies. https://www.crawleyobserver.co.uk/news/education/give-local-authorities-power-to-intervene-in-academy-school-cases-1-8569443

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Why spend £840k renovating a school and then close it?

There is mounting criticism of the ‘chaotic’, ‘brutal’ free school policy and lack of government support as at least five free schools shut down this term. When Lorna Middleton was interviewed for her job as headteacher at St Anthony’s free … Continue reading

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Has the entire academisation programme been worth it?

‘Freedom works; and the word is spreading’ So said Michael Gove, then education secretary, in 2011 in a speech praising his academies and free schools’ policy. What are we, seven years later, with evidence from the real-world of schools intruding on … Continue reading

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The great academy schools scandal

Kinsley Academy may officially be less than three years old, but its redbrick buildings stand as a reminder that there has been a primary school here, serving this rural, former mining community in West Yorkshire, for well over 100 years. … Continue reading

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DfE spent £115m on doomed free schools, UTCs and studio schools

The Department for Education spent more than £115 million on free school projects that went on to fail, new data shows. The government has updated its register of capital spending on free schools, which details the acquisition and construction costs … Continue reading

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