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Headteacher boards: the full list of elected heads

Elections for places on the government’s new Headteacher Boards (HTBs) have wrapped up, with 32 headteachers set to join the boards this September.

Headteacher boards are part of the DfE’s new middle-tier for academies and free schools, with HTBs supporting each of the eight recently appointed regional schools commissioners (RSCs).

Free school sites: Residents reject EFA site in poll by Conservative MP

Residents of Caversham in Berkshire have voted against the site purchased for a new local free school, in a survey organised by the area’s Conservative MP.

The poll found a two-to-one majority against the site acquired for The Heights free school among those who responded. The Education Funding Agency, which bought the site, has been accused of a lack of consultation.

News round-up: Free school looking to open at the Eden Project

A private school hoping to convert to free school status could open in its new form at the Eden Project, the Cornish Guardian reports:

A PRIVATE school near St Austell is on the verge of becoming Cornwall’s first free primary school and if it goes ahead, it could end up in a unique setting: the Eden Project.

News round-up: Al-Madinah ‘making reasonable progress’

An Ofsted inspection has found Al-Madinah free school in Derby to be making “reasonable progress”, ITV News reports:

The Al-Madinah free school in Derby has been rated as making “reasonable progress” following the latest visit by Ofsted.

News round-up: Talks over second free school for Discovery New School site

The site of the closed Discovery New School could be brought back into service as home to one of three schools, the Crawley News reports:

THE Government is in talks with three organisations interested in opening a new school at the former home of the failed Discovery New School as early as this September.

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Exclusive: DfE monitoring guest speakers and donations at free school trust

The Department for Education requires a free schools trust to provide it with details of all guest speakers, as well as of all donations made by the trust or its pupils, documents show.

Tauheedul Free School Trust, which has schools in Blackburn and Hackney, is subject to the highly unusual monitoring.

News round-up: Kings Science Academy principal re-arrested over fraud claims

The suspended principal of the troubled Kings Science Academy in Bradford has been arrested for a second time after new fraud allegations emerged, the Yorkshire Post reports:

THE HEAD TEACHER of a Bradford free school has been arrested over more allegations of fraud, police revealed tonight.

News round-up: Big Issue magazine’s parent wins approval for new free school

The parent body of the Big Issue magazine is among the groups newly granted approval to open a free school in September 2015, Mancunian Matters reports:

The Big Issue’s parent company The Big Life Group is to set up a free school in the Cheetham Hill area next year.

News round-up: Bilingual free school cautioned over £10,000 payment to chair of governors

The Bilingual Free School in Brighton and Hove has been criticised over the management of its finances, including payment of more than £10,000 to its chair of governors with no formal tender, the Brighton Argus reports:

A FREE school which is set to be granted a 125 year lease of council land for its new school site has recently been investigated for financial irregularities, The Argus has learned.

News round-up: Al-Madinah interim principal made permanent

The acting principal at Al-Madinah Free School - which was hit with high-profile problems last year - has been appointed on a permanent basis, the Nottingham Post reports:

A PERMANENT principal has been appointed at a troubled school where Nottingham education chiefs were called in to help.