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An Update on Academies and Academy Chains by Ina Zuncke

The academies conversion rate has accelerated enormously since 2010, and as of September 2013 there are 3,304 academies open in England (compared to just 299 in September ... Read More

IPPR on early-years education: lessons and implications by Ina Zuncke

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has released a report reviewing the evidence around quality childcare as part of its wider project “Childcare: A strategic ... Read More

Academies Update: May 2013 by Ina Zuncke

As of 1st May there are 2,924 academies open, of which 2,225 are converted and 699 are sponsored. Another 751 schools have applied to convert to academies (of which 471 are ... Read More

Curriculum and Accountability Reforms by Ina Zuncke

In a statement to the House of Commons on 7 February 2013, the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has announced that he is abandoning his plan to introduce the controversial ... Read More

Academies update: November 2012 by Ina Zuncke

As of 1st November 2012 there are 2,456 academies open in England - 536 sponsored academies and 1,920 converted academies. In addition, another 431 schools have had their ... Read More

Academies Update: September 2012 by Ina Zuncke

The latest figures from the Department for Education reveal that as of 1st September 2012 there are 2,309 academies open in England. This represents a 10-fold increase from ... Read More

Free Schools in England by Ina Zuncke

On 13th July 2012 Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Free Schools symbolise everything that is good about the revolution that we are bringing to Britain's schools. Choice ... Read More

Primary School National Curriculum changes by Ina Zuncke

Education Secretary Michael Gove has unveiled the draft Primary National Curriculum Programmes of Study for English, maths and science on 11th June 2012. They will be ... Read More

Special Educational Needs Reforms by Ina Zuncke

The Department for Education has announced the reforms to special educational needs in its formal response to the public consultation on its Green Paper "Support and ... Read More

Academies Update: April 2012 by Ina Zuncke

Latest statistics from the Department for Education reveal that there are now 1,776 academies open in England (as of 1st April). This number is made up of 355 sponsored ... Read More

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