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Derelict School

Schools without a home

Why are new schools being opened on temporary sites, sometimes before planning permission for their permanent homes has been given, and with the prospect of years of uncertainty over their long-term location?

primary school children in classroom

Has peace broken out between Ofsted and regional schools commissioners?

Does the recent decision of Damian Hinds, the education secretary, to remove an overlap between the roles of Ofsted and the government’s Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) signal a final end to years of behind-the-scenes skirmishes between English schools’ two most influential bodies?

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Will failing academies pave the way for greater local authority involvement?

The issue of the merits of local authority oversight versus ministers’ favoured approach, which sees charitable trusts running schools subject to monitoring by central government, is back in the spotlight after a major academy chain failed.

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Extra government funding, so an end to school cuts? It seems not.

England’s schools were given what seemed a boost as they broke up for the summer, when the education secretary Justine Greening announced an “extra” £1.3bn a year over the next two years. But will it be enough to cover fast-increasing costs in all cases?

Girls in school corridor

Will voters’ show of strength translate into more money for schools?

Where now for education policy in England? Many will wonder, after a general election that unexpectedly delivered a near-knockout blow to Theresa May, and where school funding cut through as one of the leading issues of concern for voters.

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Questionable calculations on education: electorate deserves much better

Does the public have the right to expect honesty from politicians as they set out their plans for the next parliament in their general election manifestos?

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Plenty of consulting but hardly any answers from the education department

Do you, as a taxpayer, want to know exactly how much individual free schools have cost you over recent years, given that this is a flagship government education policy that seems likely to feature in the Conservatives’ manifesto?

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Case throws up big questions about oversight in academy schools

The oversight of thousands of publicly-funded academy schools, which once operated under the auspices of their local authorities but are now subject to semi-private management by charitable trusts, is a mess.

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Education policy failures should be easy targets for opponents

Just over a year ago, I met someone who until recently had been at the heart of government policymaking on education.

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