David Wolfe

Who looks at acanofworms?

I’m delighted that there have now been been over 10,00 views (setttling down to an average of about 1,000 a week) of this blog. Judging by who follows acanofworms on twitter, they come from a wide range of backgrounds and interests, some pro academies, some anti academies and some just interested. Do all feel free…

Academies putting pupils on ‘reduced timetables’

I am seeing and hearing about a growing number of pupils being placed by Academies on ‘reduced timetables‘, or on ‘vocational courses’ despite being clearly capable of full time and more academic courses. I can’t refer to most of them in any detail because of confidentiality concerns. But I have been given permission by the…

Jamie Oliver, healthy food, academies, and the law

Celebrity chef and healthy food campaign Jamie Oliver has now stepped into the debate about academies by complaining about the fact that academies do not have to comply with the healthy food standards for which he had previously campaigned for all schools. Others have made the same point. The reason this comes about is that,…

Education Act 2011 – YPLA to be abolished

The Education Act 2011 received royal assent on 15 November 2011. When its section 66 comes into force, the YPLA will come to an end. I am not clear what will then happen to the academy related functions of the YPLA including the option of a complaint to the YPLA about a breach of a…

Free School Funding Agreement departs from the requirements of the Admissions Code on timescales for changing admissions criteria

The first example I have seen of a free school funding agreement not giving full effect to the Admissions Code of Practice comes in the Bristol Free School agreement, kindly just sent to me by the school. As explained in another post, the model funding agreement for free schools contemplates them departing from the Admissions…

Education Act 2011 – Schools Adjudicator able to consider some complaints against academy admissions arrangements

The Education Act 2011 received royal assent on 15 November 2011. When it section 64 comes into force the Schools Adjudicator will be able to consider complaints against the admissions arrangements of an academy. However, it seems from the consultation draft of the new admissions code and the draft regulations which will flesh out what…

The first ‘proper’ free school funding agreement ……

In response to my request under the Freedom of Information Act, the Headteacher at St Luke’s Church of England School has kindly sent me a copy of the school’s funding agreement. St Luke’s is one of 24 free schools the identified by the Department as having started in September 2011. It is the first one…