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25 July 2019 Welcome news for sixth form colleges looking to academise

The Government has accepted calls from sixth form colleges to reopen the option to become academies.

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2 April 2019 New financial rules for church Academy Trusts come into force

For some time the Academies Financial Handbook has restricted Academy Trusts in how much they could pay for goods or services purchased from a 'related party' i.e. a person or organisation closely linked to the Academy Trust.

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11 June 2018 Roundtable – a more nuanced approach to school improvement?

The DfE’s approach to school improvement since the Academy Act 2010 came into force has been very intervention heavy – first with a significant increase in academy sponsorship, followed more recently by the rebrokering or transferring of academies between trusts.

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1 August 2017 Kids Company - lesson for academies?

The Insolvency Service intends to prosecute previous trustees of Kids Company showing that failure to fulfill a voluntary role has real consequences.

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14 June 2017 What can we expect for Education from the new alliance between the Conservative and Democratic Unionist parties?

Following the re-election of a minority Conservative Government, Theresa May has set about forming her Cabinet. Following the reshuffle Justine Greening has been reappointed as the Secretary of State for Education.

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1 March 2017 Local authorities to directly support academies?

A Commons Education Committee report, released yesterday, has called for the government to enable local authorities to form their own multi-academy trusts (MATs) and sponsor academies.

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31 October 2016 Regulations on coasting schools published

Regulations which define coasting schools have now been laid before Parliament. They are the final legal piece of the school intervention jigsaw brought about by this Government’s Education and Adoption Act.

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28 October 2016 Schools ‘encouraged’ not ‘forced’ to convert

The new Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that plans to force schools “in underperforming or unviable local authorities” to convert to academy status have been axed.

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6 October 2016 Remember, remember the stakeholder member…

In examining what effective accountability looks like, Browne Jacobson’s report on the future of our school system (published this week) has highlighted the importance of local communities.

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4 October 2016 A tale of two regulators

At a recent roundtable hosted by Browne Jacobson attended by key education sector stakeholders there was a real feeling that the regulatory system schools face “is not joined up at the moment”.

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