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Why new research on the cost of academies vs maintained schools does not stack up New research into the relative costs of academies and LA-maintained schools is flawed because it offers only a loose definition of the “middle tier”, argues Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
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Panel of experts to provide extra support for headteachers Group of education experts to provide support for headteachers on training, appraisal and recruitment Continue Reading
'Academy trusts need a new standard of governance' Being a trustee of a multi-academy trust is a very different from governing a local authority school, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Schools backed to tackle bad behaviour £10 million scheme to help teachers crack down on bad behaviour in the classroom Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail Academisation: it’s time for the final stage of reform Our education system is fractured – we need to bring everyone together through the academies system, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Turnaround school leaders must be able to exclude to keep pupils safe There is much to admire about Edward Timpson’s review of school exclusions, starting with his clear statement that schools must be calm and safe places, with strong behaviour cultures. Continue Reading
Forcing schools to tackle knife crime could make things worse Instead, we need to reduce youth violence through a public health approach underpinned by evidence, writes Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Damian Hinds MP Education Secretary thanks school leaders for academy success School leaders join Damian Hinds in celebration of successes of the academies programme Continue Reading
'Malpractice isn't just a problem for academies' Panorama wrongly suggested that financial mismanagement and malpractice are issues for all academies, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Regional Schools Commissioners Dozens of new schools to be built for special educational needs and excluded pupils New specialist schools for children with special educational needs, or pupils who have been excluded from mainstream schools, are be built across England.  
Around 3,500 more school places will be created under plans to open 37 special and two alternative provision schools, the Department for Education said.
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Damian Hinds MP Thousands of places created in new special free schools Thousands of new school places are being created for children with special educational needs or those facing additional challenges in mainstream education, providing tailored support to help children thrive. Continue Reading
Sadiq Khan: 'I’m not blaming schools for knife crime rise' In a letter to Tes, the Mayor of London warns of the impact of school funding cuts on support for vulnerable pupils Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail 'Your comments are truly disappointing' - an open letter to Sadiq Khan Finger pointing will not solve knife crime, instead, we need to work together to address the issue of high-quality provision, writes Leora Cruddas to the mayor of London Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail 'To the outsider, this can look draconian' When taking over a school that is out of control, where pupils and teachers are in danger, it is surely sensible to act quickly and decisively Continue Reading
Leora Cruddas went head-to-head with Lucy Powell MP in a debate about whether CEO pay should be regulated Lord Agnew, the academies minister, has sent out a fifth batch of letters to multi-academy trusts who pay their chief executives high salaries, asking them to justify their decisions. But the government is powerless to do more. We asked Leora Cruddas and Lucy Powell, whether this should change Continue Reading
Can a new generation of trusts blend centralisation with autonomy? Centralisation versus autonomy is a debate which has raged since the earliest days of the academy movement. There is a view that schools risk losing their independence by belonging to a multi-academy trust (MAT) – in fact, many would argue that the power of MATs is that all the schools in the group exist interdependently and work together to achieve the best outcomes for pupils. Leora Cruddas, CEO of the Confederation of School Trusts, explores how MATs can find a balance that works for them Continue Reading
GCSEs: 6 reasons why Robert Halfon is wrong We need more young people to progress onto post-16 study – but throwing GCSEs is not the way to do it, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Damian Hinds MP New national strategy unveiled to boost teacher numbers Teachers in England will receive more early career support, opportunities for flexible and part-time working, and a reduction in their workload – in a new strategy aimed at boosting the number of teachers in the profession and making sure talent stays in schools across the country. Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail All schools should be scrutinised in the way MATs are Heavy scrutiny of academies is fair – but we should subject every school type to the same regulation, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Hinds calls for more schools to become academies Education secretary hails 'milestone moment' as figures show more than half of pupils are now in academies where 'standards rise more quickly than similar council-run schools' Continue Reading
Damian Hinds MP Education Secretary calls on more schools to become an academy Following landmark reforms in 2010, new figures show more than 50% of pupils in state-funded schools in England are now studying in an academy or free school Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail 8 ways research proves that MATs are transformational Instead of focusing on soundbites from the Sutton Trust report on MATs, we should look closely at the data, writes Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
Two thirds of academy trusts have below-average results for disadvantaged pupils Freddie Whittaker from Schools Week reports on the Sutton Trust 'Chain Effects 2018' report Continue Reading
Confederation of School Trusts - Ambition School Leadership Logo The 4 pillars of my new role Sir David Carter
Executive Director of System Leadership at Ambition School Leadership writes about his new role
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The Tes Podcast: Ofsted, crumbling schools and positivity The latest edition of education's favourite policy podcast Continue Reading
Confederation of School Trusts - Board Director Meeting Patel: Leaders should lift admin burden off staff Item found on page 7 of Schools Week magazine (published 12 October 2018) Continue Reading
Hinds: Help me find ways to hold academy trusts to account Item found on page 7 of Schools Week magazine (published 12 October 2018) Continue Reading
Damian Hinds MP Damian Hinds speech at Confederation of School Trusts conference Education Secretary speaks at launch of Confederation of School Trusts to praise the diversity and accountability of academies. Continue Reading
Confederation of School Trusts Hinds wants school leaders’ ideas to improve MAT assessment - Schools Week Education secretary Damian Hinds has called on school leaders to come forward with their views on how to better hold multi-academy trusts to account, in a speech at the launch event of the CST today. Continue Reading
Damian Hinds MP Hinds calls for 'urgent answers' over Labour's plans for academies Education secretary Damian Hinds will launch a defence of free schools and academies in a speech to academies chiefs today. Continue Reading
‘Leave our kids alone,’ Hinds to tell Labour in speech - Schools Week The education secretary will use a speech to the Confederation of Schools Trust to attack Labour Party policy on academies, branding it “dangerous control freakery”. Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail Five questions the academy sector must ask itself The next 12 months must be about building confidence in multi-academy trust model – and here’s how, says Leora Cruddas Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail 'Related-party deals are the issue, not academies' Panorama rightly shone a light on related-party transactions - but this is an issue for all schools, says Leora Cruddas. Continue Reading
School Week article image Schools Week 96% of members back creation of ‘Confederation of School Trusts’ Continue Reading
Brown Jacobson podcast In this podcast Leora Cruddas shifts our focus from ‘autonomy’ to ‘subsidiarity’ or ‘collective autonomy’, exploring what it means for the school system. Continue Reading
TES article thumbnail 'We need to make better decisions over CEO pay, but the majority of academies don't pay excessively' 'We need to make better decisions over CEO pay, but the majority of academies don't pay excessively'
Of course, we need to ensure that public money is spent responsibly, but it's hard to make the case of 'excessive' CEO pay without understanding the context of each trust, writes one education expert.
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TES article thumbnail ‘No one is advocating for the academies sector – it’s very beaten’ The academies system has become used to negative headlines – but it now has a champion to defend it. Step forward Leora Cruddas, chief executive of Fasna, an advocate of school autonomy who tells Martin George that giving power to school leaders is the most effective way to raise standards. Continue Reading