Academy

Harris Academy Upper Norwood in Croydon gets ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating after banning ‘urban slang words’ in school

A school in Croydon has turned-around its academic reputation for the better after it banned the use of all ‘urban slang words’ almost two years ago.












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Three out of four academy chains have schools that are ‘coasting’, says new research

Three out of four academy chains have schools that are “coasting”, new research by The Sutton Trust has found.












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MPs want tougher controls over academy trust finances after revelations that directors have been allowed to develop ‘inappropriate business interests’

Serious flaws in the way the Government’s 4,400 academies are scrutinised have emerged as a result of an investigation by public spending watchdogs.









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Patricia Sowter: Academy head praised by Gove suspended over ‘exam fixing’

The headteacher of the first academy primary school in England has been suspended over allegations of gross misconduct.









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£200,000 – what an academy head can earn after bumper pay rise

The salaries of headteachers at academies are to be investigated in the wake of huge pay rises that have seen some of them now receiving more than £200,000 a year.









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Hanson Academy in Bradford sends 152 pupils home in one day

A school in Bradford sent home 152 pupils in one day for school uniform offences, leading to angry responses from some parents.









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Academy and free school staff increasingly forced to whistleblower helplines to report problems

Teachers worried about problems in schools do not know how to raise the alarm because of the expansion of free schools and academies, according to a report published today.









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The RSA Academy in Tipton: How it aims to transform lives in a severely deprived borough

Next month, Alex Beddall will travel from his home in Tipton in the West Midlands to St Peter’s College, Oxford, to read English.









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Academy schools criticised over payments to board members

Academy schools are paying large sums of public money for “services” provided by their sponsors or individual trust board members, expert research has found.









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Half of schools in UK’s biggest academy chain are failing pupils

The country’s biggest academy chain has been censured by inspectors for failing pupils, prompting the Chief Inspector of Schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, to renew his demand to be allowed to inspect all chains.



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