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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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The DfE is our biggest LA and should be in special measures

Never has Dennis Healey’s first law, “When you are in a hole, stop digging”, been more pertinent. The DfE has retreated into a cul-de-sac of petty manoeuvres (like the new consultation on reforming the LA school improvement grant) or sheer … Continue reading

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Archdiocese ‘ruling by diktat’ as schools told to academise by 2023

An Archdiocese has been accused of “ruling by diktat” after it said all schools must begin joining Catholic multi-academy trusts by September next year. Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, wrote to governors and heads this summer saying it was an … Continue reading

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Three academy leaders guilty of misconduct over off-rolling scandal avoid bans

Three academy leaders found guilty of serious misconduct over an off-rolling scandal have avoided teaching bans. The Teaching Regulation Agency said a factor in its decision was a more than two-year delay in the hearing beginning for the staff at … Continue reading

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‘Not a race’ for all schools to join MATs, says Herrington

A senior official has insisted the government’s multi-academy trust drive is “not a race”, as new figures reveal the average MAT has more than six schools. Dominic Herrington, who oversees the academy system as national schools commissioner, told a Westminster … Continue reading

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