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Councils to get sweeping powers over academies under Labour reforms

The shadow education secretary Angela Rayner is to announce sweeping reforms to the school system that will clip the wings of academy trusts while boosting the powers of individual schools and local authorities. Under a future Labour government, the free schools programme will end, and only councils will be allowed to open or “commission” new

The 9 policies in Angela Rayner’s 2018 Labour conference speech

Labour is set to announce sweeping reforms to England’s school system at its annual conference tomorrow. In a speech, Angela Rayner will announce plans to curtail the freedoms of academy trusts and put councils in charge of opening new schools and deciding who can go to existing ones. Here are all the policies she is set

Rayner: ‘I’ll turn my back on Gove’s reforms’

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, plans to “turn her back” on Michael Gove’s school reforms, she said today. The MP told a Guardian fringe event at the Labour Party conference that party policies going forward will focus on “collaboration not competition” and ending “fat cat salaries”, indicating she will seek to address concerns about

Let’s talk about sex: getting comfortable with RSE in the classroom

A sexual health specialist offers some tips for teachers on how to start the conversation… With new curriculum changes to PHSE and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) coming in 2020, many teachers will find themselves teaching RSE as a regular subject. As you may know by now, RSE is to become compulsory from (the revised