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20 September 2019 Second prosecution of its kind following Ofsted investigation for running an illegal school

A Head Teacher and her father were convicted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for running an unregistered private school in Streatham.

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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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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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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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12 September 2016 Controversy about ‘mixed MATs’

The British Humanist Association has accused the DfE of enabling faith groups to exert undue influence on non-faith schools due to their permissive approach to mixed MATs.

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27 June 2016 Inadequate PRUs must become academies

New regulations take effect today which enable the Secretary of State to force pupil referral units (PRUs) to become academies in certain situations.

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18 April 2016 New school intervention powers now in force

The majority of the Education and Adoption Act comes into force today. A revised version of Schools Causing Concern, statutory guidance on school intervention, also takes effect.

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25 February 2016 New Education and Adoption Bill passed by Parliament

The Education and Adoption Bill has now completed its passage through Parliament. The Bill was hotly debated in the House of Commons

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20 January 2016 Clarity required over Regional Schools Commissioners

A recent report from the Education Select Committee has criticised the DfE’s “act first, think later” approach to the creation of RSCs, who were introduced to provide oversight given the increasing numbers of academies.

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9 December 2015 Academies can be coasting too

The Government has announced that the Education and Adoption Bill will be amended so that coasting school provisions will apply to academies.

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