MPs tell DfE to publish funding allocations to academies

The government should publish the exact amount of per-pupil funding in every academy, MPs have said.

A report today also found it was “not possible” to tell if ministers were living up to their commitments.

Boris Johnson promised last January that every school would receive minimum funding of £3,750 per primary pupil and £5,000 per secondary pupil in 2020-21.

But the parliamentary public accounts committee found that although councils were legally required to ensure their maintained schools received the minimum funding levels, academy trusts could pool the funding and did not have to provide each school with the minimum.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/publish-funding-allocations-to-academies-mps-tell-dfe/

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Academy leaders guilty of off-rolling

Three former academy leaders embroiled in an off-rolling scandal have been found guilty of serious misconduct which could “bring the profession into disrepute”.

A Teaching Regulation Agency panel also ruled two staff at Samuel Ward Academy in Suffolk “breached ethical standards” through failures linked to coursework “malpractice”.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/samuel-ward-academy-misconduct-off-rolling-cheating-findings/

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How do you solve a problem like academies?

How do you solve a problem like academies?

Begin the long, difficult, slow process of returning all schools to local, democratic control.

Academisation is the problem.

It’ll never be the answer.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/how-do-you-solve-a-problem-like-academies/

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Swindon council abandons plans to force every school to be an academy

A Conservative council has ditched plans to convert all schools into academies by 2025, after new education secretary Nadhim Zahawi struck a more conciliatory tone on academisation than his predecessor.

Swindon council’s cabinet was due to approve plans on Wednesday to “support” 25 maintained schools and 18 standalone academies to “proactively move towards” joining multi-academy trusts.

The move sparked a union backlash amid fears of forced conversions

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/swindon-council-forced-academies-conversion-fears-policy/

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LA schools left out of new ministers’ travel plans

Nothing new.

But what an absolute disgrace.

65% of primary schools remain LA schools, as do 35% of secondary schools.

A gov’t propelled not by what works, but by their ideological crusade to privatise anything that moves.

We’re all the poorer for it.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/la-schools-left-out-of-new-ministers-travel-plans/

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