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Academy trusts have higher staff turnover than council schools


Multi-academy trusts (MATs) have ‘higher’ annual turnover of classroom teachers at secondary level than council-maintained schools, according to a new study.

Over 10,000 children missing from education system


Local authorities in England have no idea what has happened to over 10,000 children who have left state education.

Divided education system ‘unsustainable’, think tank warns


An education system divided between academies and council-maintained schools has become ‘undesirable and unsustainable’, according to an education think tank.

LGA: council-maintained schools outperforming academies


Schools that are still maintained by local authorities receive better Ofsted outcomes than schools that have become academies, according to new research.

Queen's Speech: New measures to raise education standards


Local authorities will have a new duty to provide support to home-schooling families under new measures to reform education.

Council-maintained schools perform better than academies, report finds


Schools that stay with their council are more likely to perform better than those that convert to an academy, a new report has found.

Council awarded £1.3m in damages over leaky roof


An adjudicator has awarded £1.3m in damages to Wakefield Council following long standing issues with the design of an academy.

Councils to be allowed to set up multi-academy trusts


Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s plan to allow councils to set up and run their own multi-academy trusts.

Schools given 'try before you buy' offer to become academies


Schools will be given a 'try before you buy' option to encourage them to leave council control and become part of an academy trust, the education secretary announced today.

Head teachers call for funding to support collaboration between schools, academies and councils


The Government should invest in partnerships between schools, academy trusts and local authorities to drive school improvements in local communities, a new study says.

Councils call for suspension of academy conversions during Covid-19 crisis


Council leaders have warned the time and resources being spent on converting schools into academies is undermining efforts to provide enough school places for children during the Covid-19 crisis.

Whitehall launches £400m improvement fund for academies


Academies and sixth form colleges can now bid for a share of a multi-million pound fund to help improve facilities, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs warn of ‘looming’ school places crisis


Council leaders have called on the Government to give them more powers to open maintained schools to help avoid an impending secondary school place shortage.

Council schools get better Ofsted ratings than academies, report finds


Council-maintained schools are more likely to remain ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ than their academy counterparts, new research suggests.

Over 50,000 pupils stuck in ‘zombie schools’


Tens of thousands of pupils are stuck ‘in limbo’ as their academies wait to be transferred between trusts.

Academy chains perform ‘below average’ for disadvantaged pupils


Two-thirds of academy chains perform below average for disadvantaged pupils, according to new research.

Labour pledges to scrap new academies


Councils would be given control of academies and have new powers to build more schools if Labour were elected, the party conference heard yesterday.

Councils warn of secondary school places 'emergency'


Half of all councils England may be unable to meet demand for new secondary school places within five years, town hall chiefs have warned today.

Whitehall ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures, MPs say


The Government is ‘failing’ to learn from high-profile academy failures which have been damaging to the education of the children involved, MPs say.

Councils more likely to improve failing schools than academies


Failing schools are more likely to be improved by councils than academy chains, new analysis has revealed.

Academies no better than council schools, think tank finds


There is ‘little difference’ between academies and local authority schools when it comes to performance, according to an education think tank.

Whitehall must take control of 'faltering' academy finances, council chiefs say


Ministers need to take control of 'faltering' academy finances or let councils step in, local government leaders have urged.

Whitehall announces decision to ‘simplify’ school assessment system


Head teachers have welcomed the Government’s decision to ‘simplify’ the system by which schools performance is assessed.

Academy teachers ‘sceptical’ about effectiveness of academisation, poll reveals


The majority of academy teachers and leaders are sceptical about the effectiveness of academy status, survey reveals.

Councils struggle to offer ‘integrated’ education due to academies


Councils are struggling to take an ‘integrated, whole-system’ approach to education because of uneven mix of academies and maintained schools in many areas.

Government announces £45m for ‘successful’ academies


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.

Half of councils unable to meet demand for secondary school places in five years


A growing number of families will face problems finding a place for their child at a secondary school, local government leaders have warned.

Whitehall must 'closely monitor' primary academies, charity says


A charity has urged Whitehall to ‘closely monitor’ education in primary academies to ensure quality is not negatively affected by academisation.

Councils call for greater power to increase first-choice school places


Local government leaders have renewed demands to be given more power over school admissions following the latest figures on parental choice.

Councils call for power to turn around failing academies


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 accuse academies of cherry picking pupils


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.

Academies need ‘transparent’ safeguarding arrangements to prevent child abuse


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.

Union defends ‘democratic’ role of councils in education


Maintaining democratic accountability at the local level is key to education service delivery, says union as they warn against ‘discredited’ academy model.

LGA: Apprenticeship Levy ‘discriminates’ against council schools


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.

End of education grants ‘academisation by back door’


Local authority leaders have branded a government move to end education grants to councils as ‘academisation by the back door’.

Government scraps forced academies plan


Controversial plans to force all schools to convert into academies have been scrapped by the new education secretary Justine Greening.

Data reveals council-run schools performing better than academies


Almost half a million pupils are in academies deemed inadequate or require improvement since converting from council-run schools, according to council chiefs.

Councils facing £320m bill for academisation plan


The Government’s plan to covert school into academies could cost councils as much as £320m, new figures have revealed.

LGA welcomes education secretary’s academy comments


Council bosses have welcomed comments by the new education secretary about schools not forced to become academies.

Councils call for oversight of academy finances after string of abuses


Council chiefs are calling for local oversight of all school finances following a series of abuses by academies and free schools.

Cameron used final visit to announce 31 free schools


On his final visit as prime minister, David Cameron has announced 31 new free schools, providing 20,000 places for pupils.

Academisation not always best for poorest pupils finds research


One in five academy chains are performing below average for improving the education for disadvantaged pupils, new research has revealed.

Jobs 'under threat' from academisation plans


Thousands of union members could face job and pay cuts as schools are transformed into academies, union delegate says.

Queen's Speech 2016: Education Bill could lead to 'backdoor academisation'


A new Bill unveiled in the Queen’s speech today will legislate for the academisation of all maintained schools.

High-performing schools 'still at risk' of forced academisation


Some outstanding local authority schools could still be forced to convert into academies, despite the Government back-tracking on the proposal last week.

Whitehall u-turn over forced academisation plans


The Government has announced it is abandoning its plans to force all state schools to become academies.

Tory education chief sees ‘no democracy’ in forced academisation


Devon’s Tory education chief has added his voice to protests over government plans to force all schools to become academies.

Government sticking to forced academisation plans


The Government is sticking to plans to force all schools to become academies - but may leave door open for them to continue working with councils.

Local authority schools outperform academies, says research


Council-run schools are outperforming academies in Oftsed inspections, research from the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

Minister prepares to back track on academies plan


The Government could be preparing to back down on its plans to convert all council-run schools into academies.

County warns academies plan could impact on vulnerable children


West Sussex County Council has added its voice to the growing opposition against government plans to convert all schools into academies.

Academisation: Upheaval will bring risks


Tilden Watson outlines some of challenges facing the government's plan to convert all schools into academies by 2020.

Tory academy plans face ‘funding blackhole’, say Labour


The Government’s plans for forcing schools to become academies are facing a ‘funding blackhole’ of over £1bn.

Academisation hinders chancellor's Northern Powerhouse plans, says councillor


The chancellor’s forced academisation plans could hinder his own vision of a Northern Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for education tells The MJ.

Only 7% of teachers support forced academisation, NUT finds


93% of school leaders do not support the Government’s policy to force all schools to become academies, according to a teachers’ union survey.

Nearly 2,500 academies not signed up to healthy school meal standards


A loophole that enables nearly 2,500 academies and free schools avoid signing up to healthy school meal standards must be closed in a forthcoming child obesity strategy, town hall leaders say.

£560m ‘black hole’ in chancellor’s school plans


The chancellor’s plan to transform every school into an academy faces a £560m funding shortage, according to a new analysis.

Budget 2016: All schools to be converted into academies


Fixating on giving schools independence will not generate improvement in education standards, local government representatives have warned.

Councils hit out at plans to convert all schools to academies


Council leaders have opposed plans to convert all schools into academies, saying the move 'defied reason'.

'Serious weaknesses' at seven multi-academy trusts highlighted


Many multi-academy trusts (MATs) have been manifesting the ‘same weaknesses as the worst-performing local authorities’, the chief inspector of schools has warned.

Councils call for more powers to provide secondary school places


Council leaders want to be able to open new maintained schools or compel academies to take on more students in order to ensure every child can get a place at a secondary school.

Plans to convert coasting schools passed through Parliament


New measures to force councils to convert failing schools into academies have been passed through Parliament.

Cameron pledges to crack down on 'coasting' academies


The government’s coasting schools programme is to be extended to cover failing academies, under plans due to be announced by the prime minister later today.

Spending Review: Osborne to phase out council-run schools


Local authority-run schools will be a ‘thing of the past’, the chancellor announced in his spending review today.

Cracking down on 'coasting' schools


Tiffany Cloynes outlines the implications for local authorities under new measures to tackle 'coasting' schools

Cameron: Every school should be an academy


Prime minister David Cameron has said ‘every school in the country’ should be moved out of council control and converted into an academy.

Council joins schools and academies to launch education company


Sheffield is uniting local schools and academies under a new company designed to share expertise during a period of ‘increasing pressure’ on budgets.

Nearly half of academies are 'coasting' warns report


Almost half of academy chains have schools that are performing below tough new government guidelines, according to new analysis.

Hundreds more schools face academy conversion under new ‘coasting’ measure


Hundreds more schools risk being taken out of council control under new government measures to identify ‘coasting’ sites.

Councils forced to convert 1,000 'inadequate' schools into academies


New measures will force councils to convert schools rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted into academies.

Councils call for more power to hold schools accountable


Council leaders are calling for more power to intervene in failing schools to help hold academies and free schools to account.

Academies are 'better' than council run schools, says education secretary


Education secretary Nicky Morgan has prompted an angry response from teachers after claiming academies are better run than council controlled schools.

Clegg confirms 277 schools set for £2bn refurbishment


Ministers have announced a further 277 schools across England will be rebuilt under a multi-billion pound wave of refurbishment.

No evidence of academies improving standards, say MPs


There is no evidence so far that academies are driving improvement in English schools, according to the cross-party parliamentary education select committee.

Miliband talks of making academies accountable


A Labour government could hand oversight of academies back to local authorities, Ed Miliband has suggested.

Councils ‘footing the bill’ for academies


Councils are diverting more than £22m of their budgets to help subsidise the cost of the academies programme, town hall chiefs are warning.

Spending watchdog slams school inspection regime


The regime for inspecting standards in English schools has come under fire in a report from the National Audit Office.

New education commissioner appointed to oversee Trojan Horse response


Birmingham's beleaguered schools and academies are to be overseen by former chief inspector of schools Sir Mike Tomlinson.

Convert all schools to academies, says right wing think tank


All council primary and secondary schools should be converted to academies over the next five years, according to a right wing think tank.

Government appoints new Ofsted chair


A trustee of the UK’s largest academy chain group has been appointed as the new chair of Ofsted.

Report reveals varying success for academies


The best academy chains are outperforming other state-funded schools, while others are failing to raise standards, research has revealed.

Report: funding agency urged to get a grip on academies


The governance of England’s growing number of academies is going unchecked due to failings by the agency responsible for funding schools, according to MPs.

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