Why good communication in school communities matters more than ever before

The start to this school year has been like no other. Nurseries, schools and colleges rapidly adapting their day-to-day practices in response to sudden changes to government guidance. For school leaders it has been near impossible to keep up with the influx of guidance and the risk assessments needed for every possible scenario. The truth …

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Alternative provision and inclusion – is change on the way?

A few years ago when I started working for one of our clients who specialise in alternative provision, you could rarely find a piece of news coverage or recent research telling you much about alternative provision or pupil referral units in England. Now it seems a week doesn’t pass without a national media outlet producing …

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Themes from the Academies Governance and Leadership Conference 26th November 2019

Yesterday I was at the Academies Governance and Leadership Conference 2019 to hear from speakers including Claire Collins from the NGA, Lord Agnew, Leora Cruddas from CST and Ernest Jenavs from Edurio. A common theme across the day was about increasing MAT accountability and ways to strengthen good academy trust governance at a local and central level. …

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DfE Trust Capacity Fund – guidelines published

In July, Damian Hinds, then education secretary announced the creation of the Trust Capacity Fund aimed at helping academy trusts grow.  This £17m fund is the new sponsor capacity funding round – the previous one being the MAT development and improvement fund which opened in late 2017 and made £53m available. At the end of …

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Is it possible to simplify our education system?

Anyone who works in schools or academies will often be asked to explain what is the difference between a school and an academy? What is a multi-academy trust? It’s easy to forget when working inside the education bubble how confusing our current fragmented education system is to parents and the wider community. To cut through …

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DfE’s Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy Roadshow

The DfE are running a series of roadshow events across the country to consult on and introduce their new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy to school, local authority and MAT leaders. I was at their first event held in London on Monday (4th March) at South Bank University with presentations from Jonathan Duff (Deputy Director, …

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The Education Show and other conferences of interest

I spent last Friday at the Education Show in the cavernous Excel centre in London.  It’s always hard to predict if it’s going to be worth going to these types of events, because of the market place nature of them, but this free event actually delivered some valuable education discussion, ideas and speakers. Highlights for …

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