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Stalled progress of academy conversion could be due to ‘funding uncertainty’

The Department for Education’s (DfE’s) plans to convert schools into academies have so far cost £745m but in a number of regions have stalled considerably, a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. There were a number of reasons for this slowdown, the NAO found, including a lack of sponsors and delays in checking academy leaders were

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Data Protection: specific protection for children’s data under the GDPR

The ICO has recently published draft guidance about the special considerations that must be given to the rights of children under the General Data Protection Regulation. In 2017, Ofcom reported that 53% of children aged 3-4 access the internet and that figure reaches 99% for those aged 12 to 15 (Ofcom, Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report,

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Academy conversions from within PFIs

In March 2016, the white paper ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’ was published by then education secretary Nicky Morgan. Promising significant acceleration of the academisation policy, the proposal that all schools convert to academies by 2022 come what may was soon watered down. Political and media attention has subsequently turned to plans for new grammar schools.

A year later and in spite

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Successful service delivery models: where to now for school support services?

The saying goes that ‘a week is a long time in politics’. That certainly rings true at the moment in the field of education.  Against this fast-changing backdrop some things will always be the same. One example is the need for all maintained schools and academies to have good quality service provision for teaching and learning and the back office

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