Headteacher to leave top London Academy facing safeguarding allegations

One of the UK’s most highly paid headteachers is to leave his role at a leading academy after 21 years. Colin Hall’s departure comes at a turbulent time for Holland Park school which has faced a string of incendiary claims about a “toxic” working environment and failings in student safeguarding.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/sep/29/headteacher-to-leave-top-london-school-facing-safeguarding-allegations

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Teachers at Salford high school go on strike days after 200 parents also launch petition

Teachers at a Salford high school have gone on strike over the way the secondary is being run.
Members of teachers’ union NASUWT at Co-op Academy Swinton began the first of five planned days of strike action today (Wednesday).
They say ‘adverse management practices’ are affecting workload, working practices and pupil behaviour, and accused the school of failing to consult.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/teachers-salford-high-school-go-21708766

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Academy CEO pay name and shame policy under review

The government is reviewing its policy to name and shame academy trusts that pay their chief executives excessive salaries.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/academy-ceo-pay-name-and-shame-policy-under-review/

The review sparked calls from sector leaders not to abandon the crackdown altogether, although some said the warning letters were too crude a measure.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has written to hundreds of trusts about high salaries since 2017, but blamed unspecified data collection issues earlier this year for pausing the letters.

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Multi academy trust drive in danger of hitting the buffers

The new education secretary faces an uphill struggle to revive the multi-academy trust agenda, with new figures suggesting efforts to nudge schools into converting are failing to cut through.

A National Governance Association (NGA) member survey reveals just 5 per cent of maintained school governors and 15 per cent of single-academy trustees plan to join a MAT in the near future.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/multi-academy-trust-drive-in-danger-of-hitting-the-buffers/

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Some facts about the new education secretary Nadhim Zahawi

According to website theyworkforyou, Zahawi has “consistently” voted for greater autonomy for schools and in support of the academies programme. Shock.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/nadhim-zahawi-11-facts-about-the-new-education-secretary/?mc_cid=c94a5bb81d&mc_eid=dc06f247e6

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