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Ofsted slams top academy chain

ENGLAND’s biggest academy chain is failing nearly half of its secondary school pupils, according to a damning report by schools watchdog Ofsted.

The Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) runs 67 academies in England.

Ofsted found that 40 percent of students in AET primary schools are in “academies that do not provide a good standard of education”.

It added, “It is even worse in secondary, where 47 percent of pupils attend academies that are less than good.”

Blacklisters pay out millions

Some construction workers who were blacklisted by major contractors have begun to receive compensation.

The Ucatt union represents some of the 3,213 people on the industry blacklist found in the office of the Consulting Association seven years ago.

It says that 71 of its members have now received £5.6 million between them.

Dave Smith, secretary of the Blacklist Support Group said, “The blacklisting wretches have run up the white flag.”

Ucatt is still negotiating a further 89 cases. Hundreds of other blacklisted workers’ cases are due in the High Court in May.

These are backed by the Unite and GMB unions and the Blacklist Support Group.

Tory bill could force tenants out

The Tories’ Housing and Planning Bill could force as many as 60,000 families to move away from their areas, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The bill would force so-called “high income” tenants to pay market rents.

But the LGA said this week that this could affect around 215,000 households. They said those unable to pay may have to leave their areas completely.

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Tue 9 Feb 2016, 16:51 GMT
Issue No. 2490
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