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‘savage’ cuts at UCAT academy trust

Damian Hinds will meet MPs to discuss the “savage cuts” proposed by a prominent university-backed academy chain. The University of Chester Academies Trust today confirmed that it is considering cutting 24 support staff and 19 teaching roles across its seven … Continue reading

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Was this the week the academies dream began to die?

Was this the week that the academies dream died? Between Damian Hinds’ accountability announcements 10 days ago at NAHT conference and then Friday’s DfE response to the Green Paper consultation on faith and grammar schools, I’m beginning to think so. Why? … Continue reading

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Three Cambridge primaries saved from academisation

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Silver Birch Academy Trust in spotlight again over spending

A trust that runs four primary schools spent thousands of pounds on overseas trips for its leaders, more than £1,000 on two hotel rooms for two nights and almost £10,000 on Facebook adverts for a free school that has not … Continue reading

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Free school once hailed by Prime Minister branded ‘inadequate’ by inspectors

A Runcorn free school once hailed by David Cameron has been slated by the education watchdog and graded ‘inadequate’ amid warnings of pupils not fulfilling their potential. Ofsted focused its sharpest criticism on Sandymoor School’s GCSE performance, which was ‘among … Continue reading

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