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The Department of Education (DfE) has given new free schools almost £60 million in extra funding to support them to the end of their first year, figures published over the weekend revealed.
This money is in addition to both per pupil revenue funding, and to the capital used to acquire sites for new schools.
The figures, published following a ruling by the Information Commissioner, cover 77 open schools, as well as 10 which were withdrawn from the programme.
Education secretary Michael Gove has been plunged into a potentially toxic row over allegations that members of his department have used the social networking site Twitter to launch highly personal attacks on journalists and political opponents and to conduct a Tory propaganda campaign paid for by the taxpayer.
The allegations raise questions about senior members of Gove’s team and have prompted concerns in the Tory party about the role of ministerial special advisers Continue reading
From The Guardian
In English education, we are living in extraordinary times. A striking example is the huge growth of academy schools, particularly in the secondary sector, a growth that has happened without key questions about effectiveness, sustainability or value for money being addressed. It is a vast structural experiment, in scale going far beyond what has been tried in any comparable country. However, Unleashing Greatness, a new 130-page report by the high-powered Academies Commission has investigated the issues in some depth. Its report makes extremely uncomfortable reading. Continue reading
The Save Downhills campaign, which incorporated parents, teachers and supporters and was backed by the National Union of Teachers, had judicially reviewed Education Secretary Michael Gove’s decision to turn the school into an academy. Continue reading
Trade unionists and councillors joined striking teachers on a vibrant NUT pickets at Kimberley School in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire. Continue reading