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New exclusion review panel arrangements to apply to academies and free schools

From September 2012 the the coming into force of section 4 of the Education Act 2011 will mean that the existing Independent Appeal Panel regime for challenging permanent exclusions from maintained schools will be replaced (only in England) with a ‘review’ mechanism. On 13 April 2012, the Secretary of State laid before parliament regulations which…

Children’s Commissioner’s report on school exclusions picks up concerns about academies

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting report about exclusions (including ‘informal exclusions’) from schools, the Children’s Commissioner has raised particular concerns about the process at academies. Among other things she recommended that: 4. The Secretary of State must fully investigate, as a matter of urgency, accusations made to the Inquiry regarding some Academies failing to abide…

What happens when an academy or free school breaks the law?

The new UTC/studio model funding agreement includes a new provision, not (as far as I have spotted) previously seen in any of the model agreements: The Academy Trust shall use its best endeavours to ensure that it complies with, and is not in breach of, its obligations arising under any legislation or law, failing which…

UTC and Studio School model funding agreement

Published by the Department on 24 January 2012 – click here. The main difference between this model agreement and that used for free schools appears to be that the curriculum must include provision for technical education and an emphasis on a particular subject area or areas: The curriculum provided by the Academy to pupils up…