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

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

Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

from "Campaign to Save Education" If your school is facing cuts, think of where the money IS being spent. Over £1 million (excludes other running costs) was spent on start up grants to these two studio schools which have been unable to attract students and are closing over this holiday. If you are not angry … Continue reading Shortage of pupils closes Midland Studio Colleges in Nuneaton and Hinckley – Coventry Telegraph

MP joins call for talks over Hanson School, Swain House (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Council gets involved when Academy Chain walks away from failing school BRADFORD Council has called for an urgent meeting with a Government officer for academies to try and determine the future of one of the city’s largest schools. Earlier this month the Wakefield City Academy Trust announced that it would no longer be taking over … Continue reading MP joins call for talks over Hanson School, Swain House (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)

Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Becoming an academy does not guarantee quality or improved standards .. school performance is down to the direct school leaders and leadership not its management structure. An under-fire academy trust has been given a warning notice and told to urgently improve, just weeks after an Ofsted inspection found serious weaknesses among its schools. The government … Continue reading Plymouth Cast trust issued warning notice | Schools Week

Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has ‘let down pupils’ | Schools Week

This organisation is the sort that potentially could take over the Kings Heath and Moseley Schools once they have become Academies and only the Regional Schools Commissioner(RSC) would have a say in it.  The RSC is an unelected government appointee with no requirement to be answerable to the local community. Is this what we want … Continue reading Ofsted: Greenwood Academies Trust has ‘let down pupils’ | Schools Week

Department for Education annual accounts 2015-16: key findings | Schools Week

Interesting to see where the DfE is spending our Tax Money... The Department for Education has published its annual accounts for 2015-16. As expected, the government’s spending watchdog has once again warned that the accounts lack “truth and fairness”. Schools Week has taken a forensic look at what the rest of the accounts tell us… … Continue reading Department for Education annual accounts 2015-16: key findings | Schools Week

Pilot to return teachers to classroom failed to fill physics spaces

Perhaps they should be ensuring conditions do not make teachers leave.. Also devaluing the profession by allowing Academies to employ unqualified teachers can't be helping moral or retention either.

Birmingham MPs write to Chancellor to ask for a fair funding deal for our city

The Birmingham group of nine Labour MPs, including Roger, wrote to Phillip Hammond MP to ask for a fair funding deal, and to warn that without one the consequences for Britain’s second city would be “catastrophic”. The MPs wrote that: “Birmingham City Council has suffered the biggest cuts in local government history - and this … Continue reading Birmingham MPs write to Chancellor to ask for a fair funding deal for our city

Academy News – Bristol Small MAT fights Big MAT Takeover

This is a link to details of a defence against the takeover of a small trust by by a bigger multi-national so called "Trust". Forming a MAT from of our local schools will not be the end of the story, it is the potential for issues such as this that concern the group.