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Leading academy sponsor E-Act will lose 10 of its schools as the Department for Education decides that standards need to be raised, Channel 4 reports:
E-Act is losing control of the 10 schools after Ofsted inspections revealed weaknesses in some E-Act schools’ teaching standards.
Seva School Coventry will have a temporary home at the former Dartmouth School in Tiverton Road, Wyken this September. The new school, open to all faiths, will take 100 pupils in Reception, 100 pupils in Year 1, 100 pupils in Year 2 and 150 pupils in Year 7, Coventry Telegraph reports:
A statement on the Seva School website says the building will be refurbished and fitted out with high quality technology. It also says there will be a bus service for pupils from other parts of the city.
News round-up: Publications, Anger over ignored consultation and Pupils who could have lessons with DHL
Today the pre-registration inspection reports for all free schools open by 25th October 2013 was published by the Department for Education (DfE). There are over 100 of them and you can read them here. Report trivia: ‘T’ is the most popular letter for starting schools’ names, scoring a high 22, while ‘s’ was second, due to all of the Saints.
DfE sparks anger as it ignores consultation findings
The DfE has turned down an application for a free school sponsored by the Institute of Education in a move that has surprised local parents and councillors, the Camden New Journal reports:
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove has torn up plans for a new school in Holborn just as parent campaigners thought they were finally going to win their stirring campaign for a new secondary south of the Euston Road.
Discussions are taking place in Burnley over the suitability of the former Habergham High School as the site for a new free school, the Lancashire Telegraph reports:
Trustees behind a bid to open Burnley’s first free school say an alternative site could still be chosen.
The selection of Habergham High School as the group’s ‘preferred site’ is still subject to change without official backing.
The Labour leader has revealed his plans for reforms that would see “a new culture of people-powered public services”, The Guardian reports:
Parents are to be given a new power to call in a specialist team to boost the performance of failing schools or teachers, under a set of wide-ranging public service reform plans to be laid out on Monday by the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.
Further strike action at the STEM 6 Academy in Islington has been suspended following talks between the union and the school.
Campaigners for a free school in West Hampstead have named their preferred site as an industrial estate that is already earmarked by Camden Council for a primary school’s expansion.