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Education Act 2011 – part 2

All aspects of the Act are of interest to local government including student finance: local government wants all residents to succeed in their education and reach their potential irrespective of parental income or personal wealth. Listed below are specific issues which local authorities may wish to consider. There will be others. Read Part 1 of our…

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Education Act 2011 – part 1

It is difficult to sum up a piece of legislation which contains so many issues. Ministers have repeatedly referred to four principles which underlie the legislation. One is specific to education relating to good student behaviour and discipline through improving the quality of teaching. In terms of the Parliamentary debate this means giving additional disciplinary…

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The shelf life of an Education Bill

The Government’s promised Education Bill will be out soon. According to the DfE website, Minster of State Nick Gibb told the 2011 North of England Education Conference on 7 January that the Bill will be shortly, although those sitting in the conference hall in Blackpool can be forgiven for thinking that he actually said “next…

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Government academy policy could take 140 years

DfE has today (6 December 2010) published the latest figures for its flagship academy programme. The figures do not make encouraging reading for Ministers. The first step for a local authority school to become an academy is for the governing body to ask the Secretary of State for an Academy Order. The figures for Order…

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