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academies infogram 380
9 Jun 2014

As Michael Gove and the DfE continue to hand our schools over to private sponsors as academies, or allow ‘free’ schools to be opened by an assortment of individuals and organisations, it is worth taking a quick look at just how many of these people are closely associated with the Conservative Party or Gove.

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OurBoys
13 May 2014

The terms ‘Military Academies’ and ‘Military Free Schools’ have been bandied about since at least January 2012, but there is a lack of clarity as to what they actually mean. This article explains what military academies / free schools are (as well as what they could be), and explores the concerns that they raise: the lack of evidence that they will raise attainment; that they can employ unqualified teachers; their limited accountability to the local community (both during and after the consultation process); and the fact that they can set their own curriculum.

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primary percentages
20 Mar 2014

Just 11% of English Primary schools are academies, and primaries make up the vast bulk of schools. Clearly Michael Gove has a long way to go to reach his dream, and he is running out of time.

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Downhills Strike Harris
14 Jan 2014

If you listen to Michael Gove and some of the press you would think that the Academy programme has been an unbridled success. Yet the reality is that there is not a month that goes by without more problems hitting Academies and ‘Free’ Schools. We list just some of the recent problems.

fools gold free schools
29 Dec 2013

From the outset education campaigners argued that ‘Free’ schools were a potentially devastating development. Now that ‘free’ schools have existed for a couple of years the gloss is starting to come off Gove’s shiny new toy. This article looks at the developments in the ‘free’ schools.

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education beyond the coalition
20 Dec 2013

‘An important contribution to the debate all teachers want and need to have about what education is for’
Christine Blower General Secretary National Union of Teachers

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24 Oct 2013

By Professor Gus John
Much has been made about the spat between deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and education secretary Michael Gove regarding the latter’s plan to liberate Free Schools and increase their numbers by authorising them to employ non-qualified teachers and set their own curriculum. Michael Gove will have us believe that in order to raise standards and improve school effectiveness such that Britain can outshine its G8 neighbours in economic competitiveness, schools and those who run them should be ‘free’ from the shackles of locally elected representatives of the people whom we charge with the responsibility to ensure that every child matters and that there is a good school for every child in every community, capable of delivering to every child their educational entitlement in accordance with International Human Rights Law.

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23 Oct 2013

By Stephen J Ball FBA AcSS
Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education
The history of English education is very much a history of social class. The 1944 Education Act, the wartime government’s response to the great evil of ignorance, did little to interrupt that history. Rather it brought about a very modest loosening of the relationship between social class and educational opportunity. This was partly in relation to the raising of the school leaving age and partly by allowing some working class students access to grammar schooling via the 11+ examination system

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academies radio
18 Sep 2013

An Academic Debate?
Long Form News/Factual Winner 
An investigation into how the cost of the government’s academy schools programme went from nominal to astronomical and an assessment …

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13 Sep 2013

There is little variation in the performance of maintained schools in England once the characteristics of their pupils are taken into account.

That is one of the key conclusions of a research review published today (September 9) by the education research charity RISE. Its author, Will Cook, found that the strongest determinants of variation in pupil attainment are at the level of the individual pupil and the family and that there is a limit to what can be done to break those links with interventions directed at whole school improvement.

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  • Jo Robertson says: Since our local secondary school (Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar in Ashbourne, Derbyshire)...
  • Alan Penn says: Are there any locations where only academy schools are available? What rights are available to pupils...

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