Blacklisted academies boss is working with schools again

The head of two failed free schools who was secretly blacklisted by the government is working with schools again after setting up a supply teacher firm.

Schools Week can reveal the government wrote to Raja Miah, the former head of two collapsed Manchester free school trusts, “strongly discouraging” him from “future involvement in schools”.

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Hank Roberts: Rebel without a pause

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New inspections ‘still disadvantage’ less affluent schools, analysis suggests

Schools with challenging intakes are still disadvantaged under Ofsted’s new framework, suggests an analysis of the first inspections.

Although the sample size is small – it looks at the first 36 inspections – the findings seem to challenge assurances from Ofsted that its new framework would level the playing field.

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Free school rapped over board meeting in Ibiza

A free school whose trustees flew to Ibiza for a board meeting has been criticised by the government for failing to be “open and transparent” in declaring the costs as a related party transaction.

An investigation by the Education and Skills Funding Agency also found that Langdale Free School, in Blackpool, intentionally mis-reported the size of its deficit and may have breached its funding agreement in a £20,000 management fee to a connected company.

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Staff Strike Against Bullying Head at St Catherine’s School Bexleyheath

Staff at St Catherine’s have reluctantly voted to take strike action following repeated arbitrary and bullying behaviour by the Head Teacher. These actions have included breaching promises on confidential information, ignoring staff views, banning trade union meetings, suspending staff (including the NEU rep without good reason), sacking an employee without recourse to any disciplinary investigation or due process. The NEU have sought regular meetings with the school governors, but so far these have not been arranged. Members have repeatedly raised their concerns with governors who have failed to take swift, appropriate and effective action. Now teachers and support staff have no confidence in the Head Teacher to conduct the management of the school in a fair or reasonable way.

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