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Spending spree head banned for life

A former headteacher who went on a spending spree of more than £17,000 using school credit cards has been banned from teaching for life. Elizabeth Hart was head at Field Court Church of England Infants Academy, in Gloucester until 2014. … Continue reading

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The unanswered questions about a free school scandal

After the free-school movement first began, the Kings Science Academy in Bradford became one of the most celebrated schools in the country. Back in 2010, the incoming education secretary, Michael Gove, warned that the poorest children were being left to … Continue reading

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Ministers turn to big business for help running schools

The academies minister Lord Agnew has appealed to leading city business professionals to become school governors and trustees. During a meeting at auditors KPMG today, the minister urged senior staff to join the 250,000 people already running England’s schools. The … Continue reading

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Why schools are still fighting academisation

Freedom is the stated aim of academisation. It is a policy designed to give schools more autonomy in spending, teaching and organisation. Brought into law by the Academies Act 2010, academisation is the process by which publicly funded schools are … Continue reading

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‘Financial issues’ threatened 90 academy trusts, auditors warned

Auditors raised concerns that financial issues could threaten the future of more than 90 academy trusts, new data from the Department for Education has shown. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) today published a note outlining “key assurance findings” … Continue reading

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