Category Archives: Top story

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As schools are forced to be academies, the will of the people means nothing

Saturday morning, and Stevenage appears to be bracing itself for a riot. Police cars block off road after road. Sirens scythe the air. Officers hurry about in hi-vis. And at the eye of this storm is not some motley crew … Continue reading

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Academisation and Progress 8 – the twin drivers of educational failure

Progress 8 was supposed to be a fair measure of secondary school ‘effectiveness’. New research confirms that it is seriously biased against schools with more disadvantaged pupils. It is vital to expose this injustice because scoring ‘well below average’ on Progress 8 … Continue reading

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‘It’s a dictatorship.’ Angry parents fight back against school takeovers

It’s like living in a dictatorship,” fumes Peter Hawkins, reflecting on the situation facing the school that he and generations of his family have attended. “There’s no way of knowing what’s going on, or of communicating with the people making … Continue reading

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Bail out grants to Academies over £6 million

The amount given in ‘exceptional grants’ to academies to stabilise their accounts in the financial year 2018/19 was nearly twice as much as originally reported, the Department for Education has admitted*. Earlier this week I reported that £3.5m was paid … Continue reading

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School league tables: The best and worst-performing MATs, and other findings

New figures published by the government today reveal how well the country’s multi-academy trusts are performing. The Department for Education’s MAT league tables rank chains based on their progress scores and other metrics recorded in last summer’s GCSEs. The data … Continue reading

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