Public Meeting – 31st January 2017

Hello! You are invited to attend a public meeting about the proposed multi-academy trust on Tuesday 31st January at the West Midlands Travel Sports Club in Kings Heath at 7 p.m. Governors, staff, parents (and prospective parents), teaching union representatives, MPs, councillors and other community members have been invited. A representative of the STEP schools … Continue reading Public Meeting – 31st January 2017

Martin Straker Welds – Letter

Please see below Correspondence from Martin Straker Welds -   School Collaborations and Partnerships   I asked Colin Diamond, Executive Director (Education) for an aide-memoire that addresses the following 11 key questions about academy conversions. He has produced a measured response that attempts to separate myth form reality through a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS). … Continue reading Martin Straker Welds – Letter

WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

Another example of a trust dumping a failing school.. I wonder who will end up having to bail the school out .. The Local Authority?   A second trust given a slice of £5 million northern academy hub funding has walked away from a school in special measures – meaning it has now been in … Continue reading WCAT abandons Hanson school | Schools Week

DfE writes off free school funding | Schools Week

More wasted money... The government has written off £800,000 it was unable to claw back from free schools.Schools Week revealed last month that the DfE needed to claw back £11 million from more than 100 free schools after they failed to recruit the expected numbers of pupils in the past academic year.New free schools are … Continue reading DfE writes off free school funding | Schools Week

The Estimate Cost of Academy Trusts – Opinion

Based of the figures published in the Dry Run Report for year ending 30/08/2015 covering the entire Academy estate, the following can be identified. Academy organisations add approximately 2% to the total income - contributing £324M on top of all other incomes However Academy organisations remove approx. 5% out of the budget - charging £768M … Continue reading The Estimate Cost of Academy Trusts – Opinion

Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again | Education | The Guardian

Not enough trainee teachers began courses in more than three-quarters of subjects, including maths and computing Source: Labour warns of teacher training crisis after targets missed again | Education | The Guardian

Pilot to return teachers to classroom failed to fill physics spaces | Schools Week

A Freedom of Information request found only three of 53 lead schools in the pilot took on 20 or more returner teachers - despite funding for up to 40 teachers being available. Source: Pilot to return teachers to classroom failed to fill physics spaces | Schools Week

Progress Update: 2017-01-02

So Far we have 233 signatures on the online Petition, and an uncounted number on the paper petitions. We have held 1 public meeting, distributed several hundred flyers to raise awareness, arranged for posters to be put up. We have received responses from both MP’s, two Councillors and the Head of the Council covering the … Continue reading Progress Update: 2017-01-02