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The education secretary today announced £45m would be invested in ‘successful’ multi-academy trusts in a bid to drive up education standards in underperforming schools.
A growing number of families will face problems finding a place for their child at a secondary school, local government leaders have warned.
A charity has urged Whitehall to ‘closely monitor’ education in primary academies to ensure quality is not negatively affected by academisation.
Local government leaders have renewed demands to be given more power over school admissions following the latest figures on parental choice.
Councils have called for new powers to help them transform struggling schools, including the ability to sponsor schools that have been classified as unviable.
Councils have warned their advice on where to place excluded pupils is being ignored so they should have the power to force academies to accept ‘hard to place’ children.
A West Berkshire serious case review has reported there is a need for ‘clear and transparent’ governance arrangements of safeguarding, particularly in academies, to protect children from abuse.
Maintaining democratic accountability at the local level is key to education service delivery, says union as they warn against ‘discredited’ academy model.
Small council-maintained schools should be treated the same as small academies and faith schools and be exempt from the Apprenticeship Levy, say council chiefs.
Local authority leaders have branded a government move to end education grants to councils as ‘academisation by the back door’.