Useful education links for April 23rd through May 21st

These are the education links we found interesting between April 23rd and May 21st:

  • Academy chains decide where children go to school | Education | The Guardian – Academy critics say the underlying issue is that trusts are allowed to take major decisions without the checks and balances that would be present in a local authority school set-up – either around statutory public consultation, or through voter anger on closures feeding back to elected councillors. T
  • Top school scraps 11-plus over ‘endemic’ tutoring culture – Telegraph – Chelmsford County High School for Girls will introduce a new selection system from September to stop middle-class parents subjecting children to up to six years’ worth of coaching in preparation for the admissions test. Nicole Chapman, the headmistress, said the existing 11-plus “discourages girls wh
  • Data for free schools in the pre-opening stage | Free School Talk – The free school movement continues to grow. According to the Department for Education (DfE) there are currently 116 free schools due to open in 2013 and beyond. The graphs below provide some basic details about these institutions: where they will be situated; their phase; their type. The following li
  • Academy boss quits over probe into school finances – Telegraph – It is believed Sir Bruce, who earned around £300,000 in 2010-11, including pension and expenses, agreed to quit after pressure was put on him by the organisation’s board. E-ACT is the second largest provider of academies, overseeing 31 schools educating 20,000 pupils. But the group was dealt a major
  • Thousands of school leavers ‘lost’ in jobs and training scheme | Scotland | STV News – Raising the issue at Holyrood, Labour leader Johann Lamont said: "Under freedom of information, we have established that Skills Development Scotland has identified more than 7,000 school leavers who are known to be looking for a job or training but have yet to find a a place. "But it is worse than th

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Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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