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One in six academy trusts paying top earners over £150k

Around one in six academy trusts paid their top earners more than £150,000 in pay and pension contributions, the most recent accounts show. The number of academy trusts paying these high-level packages increased from 340 trusts (11.6 per cent) in … Continue reading

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DfE lets Harris and Oasis off the hook for £9.4m academy sponsor contributions

The government has let two leading academy trusts off the hook over millions owed in sponsor contributions, after a decade of fruitless efforts to reclaim the cash. The Department for Education has now written off almost £5.8 million owed by … Continue reading

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West Gate School: Academy plan shelved after campaign

Trade unions and staff are celebrating after plans to turn a Leicester school into an academy were shelved. West Gate School, which has special educational needs pupils, was served an academy order by the government in 2018 after being rated … Continue reading

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Over-centralisation of power a recurring theme in education policymaking

The recent scandals on aspects of political life in Westminster echo much of what he has discovered about how education policy is being implemented and now works, says education journalist Warwick Mansell.

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This consultation could force academisation by the back door

The DfE recently released a consultation “seeking views on proposals to reform how local authorities’ school improvement functions are funded”. The proposal is simple: withdraw central funding and allow local authorities to fill the gap through de-delegation from schools’ budget … Continue reading

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