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‘Vanity project’: debts pile up for English free schools scheme

Part of the government’s flagship free schools programme is facing mounting financial difficulties because of its unpopularity with parents and pupils, with schools forced to pay back millions of pounds to the Department for Education and cut staff after failing … Continue reading

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Tighten rules on parental consultation before academy conversion, DfE told

Ministers are under pressure to draw up stronger rules on how thoroughly schools must consult before becoming academies after a flurry of legal objections from parents. Under the Academies Act 2010, the governors of a maintained school that wants to … Continue reading

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More than 300 English primary schools forced to become academies

More than 300 primary schools across England have been forced to become academies in the last three years against a backdrop of mounting opposition from parents, a Guardian investigation has revealed. Analysis of government data has shown that 314 schools … Continue reading

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Academy whistleblower retaliation ‘exceedingly common’

Retaliation against whistleblowers who raise concerns about wrongdoing in academies is “exceedingly common”, the House of Lords has been told. The claim was made after academies minister Lord Agnew was asked about an academy principal who was banned from teaching … Continue reading

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Campaigning Essex parents win reprieve from academy takeover

Parents and teachers fighting to stop their primary school being taken out of local authority control and turned into an academy have won a temporary reprieve. Waltham Holy Cross primary school in Waltham Abbey in Essex was due to be … Continue reading

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