Majority of parents don’t know how academy system works

A major new survey of parents has revealed widespread ignorance about how England’s academised state school system works.

Only half of the parents questioned for a new poll were able to explain what an academy is, according to the Parentkind national parents organisation.

https://www.tes.com/news/majority-parents-dont-know-how-academy-system-works

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‘Off-rolling’ hides true extent of disadvantage gap in schools – study

The gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers in England is much wider than previously estimated, with as many as 9,000 disadvantaged 16-year-olds not taking exams or recorded in school league tables because they cannot be located on school records.

Analysis by FFT Education Datalab found an increasing number of pupils, both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged, leaving mainstream schools last year for an unknown destination. In total, 24,600 disappeared from school rolls compared with 22,000 the year before, amid concern around “off-rolling”, whereby schools remove difficult or low-achieving pupils so that they are not included in their GCSE results.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/dec/05/off-rolling-hides-true-extent-of-disadvantage-gap-in-schools-study

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Blacklisted academy bosses were a one-off, says DfE

Schools Week revealed last month the Education and Skills Funding Agency wrote to former leaders of two collapsed Manchester free school trusts “strongly discouraging” them from “further involvement in schools”.

Lord Agnew, the academies minister, also ordered regional schools commissioners to blow the whistle if they found Raja Miah, Alun Morgan or Mohib Uddin – who were linked to both trusts – “within schools in their regions”.

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Questions over declaration of academy trust’s £20k flat for CEO

An academy trust spent almost £20,000 renting a two-bedroom flat for its chief executive – and won’t say whether it got government approval for the deal.

Floreat Education Academies Trust spent £15,000 renting the flat, near to Floreat Montague Park primary school in Wokingham, for Janet Hilary. The rental, which incurred another £4,000 in utility, council tax and “other charges”, ran from August 2018 to August this year.

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