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DfE unveils new fund for successful academy trusts - February 23, 2018
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The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new £45 million fund for successful multi-academy trusts (MATs) to help “tackle underperformance and improve schools in areas that lack capacity”. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the package of measures is aimed … Continue reading DfE unveils new fund for successful academy trusts


Urgent review to tackle teacher recruitment crisis - February 23, 2018
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A number of teaching unions have called for an urgent review of teachers and school leaders’ pay to address the ongoing recruitment crisis. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), the National … Continue reading Urgent review to tackle teacher recruitment crisis


Schools now able to join trusts as ‘associate members’ - January 24, 2018
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Schools wary of handing over their independence can now join academy trusts as “associate members”, the National Schools Commissioner has said. Sir David Carter said schools would retain the right to leave the trust if the arrangement is not fulfilling. … Continue reading Schools now able to join trusts as ‘associate members’


Damien Hinds replaces Justine Greening as Education Secretary - January 24, 2018
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Damien Hinds has replaced Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Education. But who is he and what are the experts saying about him? Mr Hinds is an MP for East Hampshire and has previous experience working in the All-Party … Continue reading Damien Hinds replaces Justine Greening as Education Secretary


Majority of UK schools likely to convert to academies in coming years, study finds - December 18, 2017
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Around half of non-academy schools are likely to convert between now and 2022, a new report has revealed – suggesting that the Government’s plans to convert all schools may soon be realised. The Academies Show, which published the survey, found … Continue reading Majority of UK schools likely to convert to academies in coming years, study finds


The Autumn Budget: What does it mean for schools and academies? - December 18, 2017
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On 22 November, the Chancellor Philip Hammond took to the podium to announce the future – for the next year at least – of education and schools. However, it would be fair to say that the majority of his statements … Continue reading The Autumn Budget: What does it mean for schools and academies?


Single academy trusts pressured to ‘justify’ salaries of executives - December 18, 2017
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Single academy trusts have been told they must immediately ‘justify’ the salaries of any executives earning more than £150,000 each year. In a letter addressed to trustees, Eileen Milner, Chief Executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, requests further … Continue reading Single academy trusts pressured to ‘justify’ salaries of executives


National Institute of Education set up to assist schools with apprenticeship levy - November 6, 2017
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A new National Institute of Education (NIE) is being set up to help academies make full use of the apprenticeship levy. In October, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) revealed that around a quarter of apprenticeship levy-paying organisations still do … Continue reading National Institute of Education set up to assist schools with apprenticeship levy


Academy land and building valuations postponed until January - November 6, 2017
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The Government has postponed planned academy land and building valuations until January – amid reports that schools face spending thousands on their own surveys to meet accounting requirements. According to Schools Week, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (EFSA) was … Continue reading Academy land and building valuations postponed until January


New teacher training apprenticeship announced following levy woes - November 6, 2017
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From September next year, a new postgraduate teaching apprenticeship will be offered to “top graduates” as an alternative route into the teaching profession. The Education Secretary Justine Greening said the new apprenticeship will provide hands-on experience for new recruits and … Continue reading New teacher training apprenticeship announced following levy woes



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