Academies

Two state Steiner schools face possible closure or takeover | Education

Two Steiner state schools in the west of England face possible closure or takeover after the Department for Education said it intended to cut off their funding later this year. The trusts running the free schools in Bristol and Frome have been issued termination warning notices by the DfE after the schools were rated as inadequate and placed in special measures by Ofsted. The inspections published in January reported a long list of serious safeguarding and teaching problems at the…

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Academy schools struggle with ‘unsustainable’ deficits | Education

Schools in England are merging into larger academy chains and slashing costs in a bid to manage “unsustainable” deficits, according to an authoritative survey of more than 1,000 academies. The report by the Kreston academies group found that half of the schools had an operating deficit last year, with only stringent cuts and the sharing of resources within multi-academy trusts (Mats) stopping the figure from being higher. The group said that while the average deficits at academies fell in 2018…

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How to retain teachers in the current climate? | Letters | Education

Damian Hinds’ recognition of the need for a new teacher retention and recruitment strategy is to be welcomed (Fewer emails, more job shares: a new strategy to retain teachers, 26 January), but his proposals don’t get to the heart of the matter. As numerous studies have shown, it is not workload but what teachers perceive as the increase in unnecessary and unproductive tasks that is the main problem. The most burdensome of these tasks is recording, inputting, monitoring and analysing…

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‘It’s a dictatorship.’ Angry parents fight back against school takeovers | Education

It’s like living in a dictatorship,” fumes Peter Hawkins, reflecting on the situation facing the school that he and generations of his family have attended. “There’s no way of knowing what’s going on, or of communicating with the people making the decision. We have no say in the future of our children’s school. It’s disgusting.” On Friday the school in question, the Barclay school, Stevenage, is set to join Future Academies, the chain founded and chaired by the Tory peer,…

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Education of academy pupils harmed by trust failures, MPs warn | Education

The education of tens of thousands of children has been damaged by academy failures and the misuse of public funds, a parliamentary watchdog has concluded. In a report published on Wednesday, the public accounts committee (PAC) said governance of academy trusts must be strengthened, and that the Department for Education’s (DfE) oversight must be more rigorous. MPs have also questioned the ability of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to control academies’ executive pay awards following a series of…

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How to get over our Oxbridge obsession | Letters | Education

“Cambridge was always my dream,” says student Hridita Rahman Khan (Oxbridge bonanza: How one school beat the odds to compete with Eton, 19 January). Forty-one successful applications is great news, but as Sol Gamsu wrote (Journal, 3 January) our obsession with Oxbridge is not correcting the inequalities that exist in the higher education system as a whole. Unique as Oxford and Cambridge may be, it cannot be said they are better in every respect than all the other universities in…

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Ofsted inspections find three Steiner schools to be inadequate | Education

The future of state-funded Steiner education has been thrown into doubt after a series of snap Ofsted inspections found that three of the four such schools set up under the Conservatives’ free schools programme were inadequate. The four have been inspected in recent weeks – alongside private Steiner schools, a number of which have also been found to be inadequate – following an intervention by the education secretary, Damian Hinds, over concerns about safeguarding. Ofsted reports for the Frome and…

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‘This is not a fluke’: how one state school got 41 Oxbridge offers | Education

“Cambridge was always my dream,” says 17-year-old Hridita Rahman Khan, one of 41 students at Brampton Manor academy in east London to have won offers from Oxbridge this week. Khan’s parents are from Bangladesh, she grew up in Italy and arrived in London at the age of 14 with little English. Three years later she has been offered a place to study engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her story is one of extraordinary achievement, but there are many at…

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London state school says 41 students offered Oxbridge place | Education – Education Article

A state school in east London is celebrating after 41 of its students – almost all of them from minority ethnic backgrounds – secured offers to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge later this year. Brampton Manor academy in Newham opened its sixth form in September 2012 with the objective of increasing progression rates to Oxbridge and other elite Russell Group universities among students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In 2014, one student received an offer; in 2018 it was…

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Visits to English Schools by Amanda Spielman – Education Article

Reading Time: 3 minutes Which schools has Amanda Spielman visited since her appointment as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector? On 11th December 2018, I made a Freedom of Information request to Ofsted. I wanted to know which schools Amanda Spielman had visited since her appointment, including what conferences and teacher-training events she has attended on a Saturday. Image credit: The Guardian. Freedom of Information “Dear Ofsted, Please could you advise of the number of visits to early years, primary, secondary state…

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