Headteachers are being “pushed about” to act against the interest of their own pupils as a result of pressures from the Government and exam league tables, the boss of one of the biggest academy chains has warned. Jon Coles, chief executive of the United Learning Trust, which runs 36 academies, said: “I think it is quite easy for heads to feel they’re forced to do something which may not be in the best interest of the pupils.”
Concern is being voiced over the practice of giving top priority for school places to the younger brothers and sisters of school pupils who already have a place.
Free schools and academies must employ qualified teachers, Nick Clegg will demand this week, in the first break with the Conservatives on education policy under the coalition government.
Closure warning for Al-Madinah Free School in Derby over ‘strict Islamic practices and discrimination against female staff’
A Muslim free school has been told it must take “swift action” to address concerns over the way it is run or face closure.
Muslim free school Al-Madinah in Derby faces closure over ‘practices which discriminate against girls and women’
A Muslim free school has been warned it faces closure if it does not take action to eradicate practices which discriminate against girls and women within a week.