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Labour 'to allow more academy conversions'

The shadow education secretary has given the green light to more schools becoming academies....

Posted on 20/10/2014 - [Read More...]

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OECD calls academies 'promising trend'

Andreas Schleicher says local autonomy, backed up by accountability, is a key component of schools' success ...

Posted on 06/03/2014 - [Read More...]

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New figures show academisation continuing apace

There are now 3,304 academies in England, official figures indicate, employing 23,000 primary and 129,000 secondary teachers across the country....

Posted on 11/09/2013 - [Read More...]

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Academy numbers increase

The number of academies in England that are either academies or are set to become academies has increased to 3,167, according to new official figures....

Posted on 15/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Report call for improvements in academies programme

Academies need to become more collaborative, accessible and accountable if they are to offer an improved standard of education, according to a new report....

Posted on 14/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Norfolk primary 'reaps benefits' of longer school day

A primary school in Great Yarmouth has reportedly seen a drastic improvement in its performance since the introduction of a 45-hour week....

Posted on 07/01/2013 - [Read More...]

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Academy conversions costs DfE £1bn

There has been a ten-fold increase in the speed of academy openings since May 2010....

Posted on 22/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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Private schools told to support academies

Private schools have been urged by Lord Adonis to do more to support academies....

Posted on 06/11/2012 - [Read More...]

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For-profit firms should be allowed to run schools, says former policy head

James O'Shaughnessy, the former head of policy for Number 10, has written a report calling for profit-making firms to run underperforming schools...

Posted on 17/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Cameron sets out schools vision

Speaking at his party's annual conference, the prime minister has called for more Free Schools and academies to be opened to help Britain "rise"...

Posted on 11/10/2012 - [Read More...]

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Expert denounces unqualified teachers plan

A leading professional in the education industry speaks out against the government's controversial plan to allow unqualified teachers to teach in academies...

Posted on 02/08/2012 - [Read More...]

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15 new University Technical Colleges get business backing

Around 200 leading businesses have given their backing to a new wave of 15 University Technical Colleges set to open in England by 2014...

Posted on 29/05/2012 - [Read More...]

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Pupil Referral Units get academy green light

The government's behaviour tsar Charlie Taylor has announced that Pupil Referral Units are to be granted the power to apply for academy status in a bid to improve their performance...

Posted on 28/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Value of vocational subjects downgraded to protect traditional GCSEs

The government this week downgraded the value of thousands of vocational qualifications, as it looks to protect the worth of traditional GCSEs....

Posted on 01/02/2012 - [Read More...]

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Commercial involvement in teaching set to rise?

The Observer suggests more schools will be run for a profit in the future....

Posted on 30/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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New league table data released

More in-depth data has been released by the DfE in the latest school league tables, exposing the plight of disadvantaged pupils...

Posted on 26/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Barclays commits to assist free schools and academies

Michael Gove has said he is "delighted" that Barclays has committed to offer its expertise to free schools and academies...

Posted on 18/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Michael Gove hits back at Academies critics

Education secretary Michael Gove has used a speech in London to hit out at critics of academies, saying that students perform better in autonomous schools...

Posted on 05/01/2012 - [Read More...]

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Head teacher turns off school heating in 'eco day' experiment

A head teacher at a Somerset Academy took the brave decision to turn off his school's heating as part of an 'eco day' experiment designed to investigate carbon footprints...

Posted on 08/12/2011 - [Read More...]

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Secondary teachers helping parents help children

Secondary teachers at an Academy in Leeds now have over 100 families registered to take part in a scheme which aims to help parents engage in school work...

Posted on 24/11/2011 - [Read More...]

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Gove celebrates growing number of Academies

Education secretary Michael Gove has praised the Academies programme with news that almost 1.2 million children now taught in the schools...

Posted on 05/10/2011 - [Read More...]

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