Directors of Children’s Services demand LAs be allowed to take over failing academies

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has released a report asking the government to let local authorities take over failing academies.

The group, who represent the local authority leaders responsible for schools in their areas, are concerned that lack of clarity about the council’s role in schools versus that of academy trusts means the system is “increasingly incoherent”.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/directors-of-childrens-services-demand-las-be-allowed-to-take-over-failing-academies/

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81 pupils ‘removed’ from academy linked to minister

More than 80 pupils have left the roll of an academy in the eight months since it was taken over by an academy trust founded by the academies minister, Lord Theodore Agnew.

Great Yarmouth High School, which was put into special measures in May 2016, was taken over by the Inspiration Trust in September 2017 and renamed Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.

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Now, a freedom of information request has revealed that between September 2017 and June 2018, the school notified Norfolk County Council that 81 of its pupils had been “removed” from its roll.

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Parents say they have been ignored over crisis-hit school’s academy plan

Parents have protested about their crisis-hit Birmingham school – claiming they are having to buy stationery for their own children.

Springfield Primary School in Sparkhill has been in special measures since 2015.

Its teachers have been staging strikes for a month now over fears that plans to turn it into an academy will lead to pay cuts and redundancies.

But now parents have claimed the primary school has been letting its 630 pupils down and want to see academy plans dropped.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/springfield-school-crisis-academy-14866231

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Doomed Schools Company Trust ‘double-counted’ GCSEs

A failed multi-academy trust that runs schools for vulnerable excluded pupils reported inflated GCSE results after double-counting some qualifications, it has been revealed.

Accounts of the Schools Company Trust, which will walk away from its three pupil referral units in Devon and mainstream secondary school in Kent this summer, reveal concerns over executive pay, fears for the safety of pupils and “unreliable” reporting of GCSE results.

According to the accounts, the trust reported last year that 48 per cent of pupils at North Devon Academy achieved “five GCSEs”, when the actual figure was 19.5 per cent

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Councils beat academy trusts at boosting failing schools

Councils are best when it comes to boosting the inspection grades of inadequate schools, analysis of official figures suggests.

Researchers looked at how much schools rated inadequate by Ofsted in 2013 had improved by the end of 2017.

Those schools that had remained council maintained were more likely to be good or outstanding than those that had become sponsored academies.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44698272

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