Category Archives: Academy watch

Shocking stories about academies…

No proof forced academisation worth it, DfE admits

The Department for Education’s top official has admitted that it is impossible to prove that forcing schools to become academies offers better value for taxpayers’ money than leaving them with local authorities. Permanent secretary Jonathan Slater was pressed repeatedly by … Continue reading

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Teachers at Tech City to strike before Xmas

Teachers at “chaotic” free school vote unanimously to strike after over-stressed and anxious colleague collapses in front of class and para-medics have to be called.
Local MP expresses concern and demands answers about misuse of public funds.

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A tale of two cities – Darwen and Brighton: DACA, BACA and PACA and the Aldridge Foundation

Aldridge Foundation academies have been in the news. In the last few months the head of one of their academies has been suspended and forced out alongside reports of poor inspection grades and financial problems.

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Spotlight on sponsors: Academy Transformation Trust

The DFE has lifted expansion ban on ATT despite the fact that of their 9 academies inspected since they became ATT academies 7 require improvement and 2 are good. They are now looking to expand.

We look at their record

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Spotlight on Sponsors – School Partnership Trust Academies

This week the Don Valley Academy has gone into special measures. It is sponsored by the School Partnership Trust Academies. This organisation has been running academies since 2009, so before any new school is allowed to be run by them, surely someone somewhere looks at their record? They run 41 schools, the latest being 5 schools running from September 2014.

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