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13 June 2018 Redefining ‘autonomy’

Do we really have a self-improving system? That was one of the questions considered at our recent roundtable. A key part of the discussion focused on ‘autonomy’.

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12 June 2018 Clarity on accountability

One of the areas considered at our recent roundtable on the school system was the curriculum. In particular, it considered the adverse impact of the accountability and financial pressures facing schools on the curriculum offer they provided to their children and pupils.

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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 June 2018 Changes to controls around ‘related-party transactions’ on the horizon

The DfE has agreed a recommendation made by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee that academy trusts should be forced to apply to the Education and Skills Funding Agency in order to approve ‘related-party transactions’.

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24 May 2018 The Data Protection Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 23 May 2018

Only limited sections of the Act will take effect immediately. Our blog provides a summary of the key information you need to be aware of now.

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16 March 2018 Relationship between head teacher and criminal offender raises safeguarding concerns

Is a head teacher obliged to notify her employer of an existing personal, but non sexual, relationship with an individual who had recently been convicted of making indecent images of children?

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20 February 2018 School admissions is change coming

Admission authorities are urged to change their policies ahead of proposed change in the law.

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20 February 2018 Is a lack of good religious education putting pupils at risk

Government data reveals that initial teacher training places in England for Religious Education are below target.

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18 December 2017 New advice on sexual harassment between pupils in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has released new advice on sexual violence and harassment between children.

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14 December 2017 ESFA to take firmer stance on non-compliance

The new Accounting Officer of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Eileen Milner, in her first letter to academy trusts has stated that the ESFA will take a harder line on trusts that fail to submit the various financial returns on time.

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