Katherine Birbalsingh made social mobility chief

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/10/uks-strictest-headteacher-katharine-birbalsingh-made-social-mobility-chief

‘Pupils were given demerits or detention for forgetting to bring a pencil or pen, or for talking in corridors between lessons.’

Another dreadful day for our schools.

Another dreadful day for our children.

There’s nothing ‘free’ about Birbalsingh’s ‘vision’.

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Safeguarding failures in Trust

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/safeguarding-failures-expose-in-trusts-failed-high-court-challenge/

A former trust boss took three staff members on a golfing holiday to Kenya during term time after allegations came to light that one had repeatedly accessed porn on a school device, a High Court ruling revealed.

Khalsa Academies Trust’s now departed chief executive Nick Kandola also made “flippant remarks” and “appeared to downplay the seriousness” of safeguarding incidents, the ruling states. They include an alleged rape of a pupil and use of pornography by staff members.

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Cornish schools paying millions in salaries to management staff

Millions of pounds of schools’ funding in Cornwall is being used to pay high salaries of people running Multi Academy Trusts.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) has found that some staff at educational trusts in Cornwall are earning as much as £140,000 a year.

https://cornishstuff.com/2021/10/09/cornish-schools-paying-millions-in-salaries-to-management-staff/

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Culture of cheating and off-rolling to keep outstanding rating

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/off-rolling-cheating-unity-schools-partnership-samuel-ward/

An award-winning trust chief executive and two senior colleagues are accused of complicity in a “culture of cheating” and off-rolling to keep its flagship school’s ‘outstanding’ rating.

The former leaders at the Samuel Ward Academy in Suffolk appeared before a disciplinary panel this week over allegations of “dishonest” behaviour, which could see them banned or face other sanctions if found guilty.

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Labour leadership dogged by question of what to do about academies

Labour went into its first full party conference in two years with a new leader and shadow education team, but events in Brighton revealed the leadership is still dogged by the question of what to do about academies.

Announcements about school structures and how the “local democratic control” Sir Keir Starmer argued for last spring will be achieved were conspicuous by their absence from his first conference speech as leader.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/a-view-from-labour-conference-the-academies-battle-rages-on/

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