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Let councils run academy chains, say MPs

Let councils run academy chains, say MPs

Local authorities in England should be able to form their own academy chains, MPs have said. The Commons Education Committee report echoes councils’ calls to be allowed to use their expertise to help boost performance in failing academies. The government wants all English schools to become academies, independent of local councils and funded direct by […]

What is the ‘gig’ economy?

What is the ‘gig’ economy?

What is the so-called “gig” economy, a phrase increasingly in use, and seemingly so in connection with employment disputes? According to one definition, it is “a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs”. And – taking opposing partisan viewpoints – it is either a working […]

School funding ‘crisis’ warning

School funding ‘crisis’ warning

“Make no mistake, this is a crisis,” said Labour’s Angela Rayner, as MPs debated warnings that schools in England faced deep funding problems. The shadow education secretary accused the government of failing in its pledge to protect school spending. There were also calls from Conservative MPs for a re-think on proposed changes to funding. But […]

Google brings AI to Raspberry Pi

Google brings AI to Raspberry Pi

Google is planning to bring artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to the Raspberry Pi. The low-cost credit-card sized computer is widely used by schools and the maker community for programming devices. Google has asked makers to complete a survey about what smart tools would be “most helpful”. And it suggests tools to aid face […]

Treasury takes back £384m school funding

Treasury takes back £384m school funding

The Treasury has taken back £384m originally promised for schools in England – at a time when head teachers are protesting about a cash crisis. The money had been announced last year to fund a plan to require all schools to become academies. But the Department for Education has revealed that when the compulsory academy […]

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