The downsides are that such a big changeover, and an entirely charitably run school system, requires serious regulation and cash. As it stands, the government simply doesn’t have enough money, people, power or rules to make it work. The last time lots of schools changed to being academies the Department for Education lost control of its records, and budgets, and overpaid individual schools by over £1m. The civil servants in charge of this system, known as commissioners, make their decisions about which charity will take over each school in secret, and without any need to meet or explain their decisions to parents. … [Read more...] about This academies plan doesn’t address schools’ real problems
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That has duly happened. Half a million children are now in “super-sized” classes, while British schools are slithering back to the selection and social segregation of the old days. This has nothing to do with free schools and academies as such. It has to do with allowing them to expand – or not expand – at will, and allowing them to choose their pupils, which means choosing their parents. Ever since primary schools were supposedly “local” and secondary schools “comprehensive”, parents at least in city centres struggled to get their children out of unpopular schools. Local councils struggled to police the resulting competition. … [Read more...] about The free market works, but not when it comes to schools
Willow's body was allegedly found in a back bedroom inside the rented home on Bent Street in Cannon Hill, where she lived with her father, stepmother and stepsister. … [Read more...] about Harrowing photos reveal how two starving autistic teenagers were locked in a filthy ‘bedroom’ with just a blow-up mattress to sleep on – before their father was found dead in the next room
A SIMPLE GUIDE: How do I protect myself? TESTING: Can I get tested for coronavirus? AVOIDING CONTACT: The rules on self-isolation and exercise VIDEO: The 20-second hand wash STRESS: How to look after your mental health Where will pupils be taught?It has been suggested that libraries, community halls, leisure centres, conference venues and vacant business accommodation could be used to provide additional space for teaching. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What will happen when Scottish schools go back in August?
'Had it been possible for Child C to have met specialist child exploitation workers while still in custody, and then brought back to London by these workers, and ideally if they could have continued to work with him for a time after his return, I believe such workers would have been able to exploit the 'reachable moment' of this crisis in the police station, during the car journey, and then subsequently, and start exploring with Child C the risks to him of his vulnerability to exploitation. … [Read more...] about Police ‘missed chance to save Jaden Moodie’: Teenager, 14, who was killed in drug turf war ‘was found in crack den three months earlier but no action was taken to safeguard him’