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Government extends requirement to teach evolution and banning of pseudoscience to future Academies

This is all from the British Humanist Association: “The Government has revised the single Academies model funding agreement to bring it in line with the Free Schools model funding agreement in preventing Academies from teaching pseudoscience and to require the teaching of evolution. The changes, which will apply to stand-alone Academies opening from today onwards,…

Why parents should support their maintained school becoming an academy.

An interesting document has appeared on the Downhills School web site this week. Downhills is currently being run by an Interim Executive Board (IEB) after the Secretary of State removed the previous governing body. In other posts, I have explained how that process sits within the legal framework being used to push through ‘forced conversions’.…

Is consultation binding?

The simple answer is that consultation is generally not binding. All that is required is that the consulter conscientiously takes into account what consultees say. So even if all responses point one way, the consulter can take them into account and go the other way (provided, of course, they can identify good reasons to do…

How long must a consultation last?

The simple answer is that there is no fixed limit or hard rule. The essential question is was the process ‘fair’. That depends partly on the way in which consultation was undertaken and partly on how long it lasted. Major public consultations normally allow 12 weeks. But with something like consultation on a proposal to…

Does TUPE apply when a free school is set up?

My colleague at Matrix, Claire Darwin, is an employment law specialist. She has very helpfully provided the following: There are plenty of circumstances in which TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006)  would apply to the opening of a free school – and indeed the Department of Education have recognised that TUPE…

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…

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…