40 of the 45 highest excluding schools were academies or free schools. Is this how ‘success’ is achieved? How much more evidence is needed before policy-makers accept that academisation isn’t the answer (but a large part of the problem)? A broken system.
The government has been urged to address “deeply concerning” rates of exclusion in England’s secondary schools after a Guardian investigation revealed dozens had suspended at least one in five of their pupils.
Of those 45 schools handing at least 20% of their pupils one or more fixed-period exclusion in 2016-17, the overwhelming proportion were academies, with one of them, the Outwood academy Ormesby in Middlesbrough, excluding 41%. Five were run by local authorities and six were free schools.
The minister who oversees the academy system is cutting his formal links with the high-profile academy trust he founded.
Lord Agnew’s dual roles at the Department for Education and the Norfolk-based Inspiration Trust had prompted concerns about potential conflicts of interest.
A Wiltshire primary school that is part of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust faces having its funding stopped and being rebrokered to a new sponsor after receiving an ‘inadequate’ grade from Ofsted in July.
Marden Vale CofE Academy was judged ‘inadequate’ in every category except its early years provision, which ‘requires improvement,’ following its first ever inspection in June. The school was placed in special measures.
As a result a ‘Minded to Terminate’ letter was issued to the members and directors of the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust earlier this month by the Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West, Lisa Mannall.
DfE ‘minded to terminate’ funding of ‘inadequate’ primary academy in Wiltshire
The continuing gap between state and private education is reinforcing privilege and harming the prospects of another generation. The only solution is integration. By Melissa Benn
Year 6 pupils at a primary academy in Birmingham run by the chain E-ACT will not receive scores for their reading and maths SATs, after the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) found “doubt over the accuracy or correctness” of the results.
The STA has been examining how the tests were managed at Nechells Primary E-ACT Academy since July 9, and has now concluded that no scores will be handed out for reading or maths this year.
E-ACT primary school has SATs results cancelled for reading and maths