Exclusive: Government’s race report failed to include findings saying pupils experience discrimination, in education research it commissioned. educationuncovered.co.uk/news/151671/go…
The Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities ordered a report on education by the organisation NatCen, one of three receiving £100k in total for the work, an FOI has revealed.
The NatCen report featured a host of specific findings on disadvantages reported as being faced by ethnic minority young people at school and university, inc allegations of lower expectations from teachers.
It also recommended that “discrimination based on class and ethnicity at school” should be addressed.
Yet NatCen’s education report is not referenced in the government's race disparity report; the recommendation re addressing discrmination based on ethnicity at school does not feature; and seven specific findings re perceived ethnic minority ed barriers not mentioned, either.
Cabinet Office has said it is categorically wrong to say that commissioned research was “ignored” in the report’s drafting, and pointed to the NatCen findings being based on focus groups with only 31 people. But...
...If findings were not easily generalisable because of this small sample size, does beg the question as to why the research was commissioned in first place.
I could not see any of the NatCen’s report’s specific findings on ethnic minority education barriers referenced in the CRED report. Piece looking at this in detail, again, is here: educationuncovered.co.uk/news/151671/go…

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19 Jul
Revealed: the covert £20 million payments by schools to head office of one of England’s largest academy chains.
Investigation into central spending at Academies Enterprise Trust,internal documents pointing to vast diff from what is disclosed in accounts
AET’s 2019-20 accounts list the total amount charged to schools for “central services” at the 58-school trust in 2019-20 as £8.2m. But internal spreadsheets show total charges for 2020-21, in six categories of central spending, at £28.7m.
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Exclusive: teachers at celebrated academy, led by £250,000 superhead, receiving only statutory sick pay of less than £100 a week educationuncovered.co.uk/news/151331/te…

Another follow-up on the case of Yasmin Omar, who was left homeless while off sick while employed by Brampton Manor Academy.
The fact that this school, as an academy, doesn’t have to follow national teacher pay and conditions and thus doesn’t offer more than statutory sick pay, has huge implications for staff if they do get sick.
I go through the detail on that in this piece: could translate to a difference of many thousands of pounds over a period of months. educationuncovered.co.uk/news/151331/te… I understand that most academies do follow national pay and conditions on this.
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New: Academy offers no response on whether it will change any staff practices as a result of tribunal judgment: educationuncovered.co.uk/news/151311/ac…
Brampton Manor Academy did not respond to my questions about staffing practices as revealed in employment tribunal judgment against it.
This is a separate piece from my main one on Yasmin Omar’s victory over her former employer, the Brampton Manor Trust, at employment tribunal.
In its judgment, the tribunal set out a series of policies which it said were being applied to all staff at the school, such as staff with medical conditions not being referred to occupational health.
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New: high profile academy created “hostile environment” for young teacher with multiple sclerosis, tribunal finds.
The extraordinary, and disturbing, story of Yasmin Omar’s experience as an NQT at Brampton Manor Academy.
I’m going to tweet out essentials of the first few pars of my story. (This judgment was released a few weeks ago; it has taken me a while to process what are lengthy findings).
A young woman battling multiple sclerosis has won a landmark employment tribunal judgment, after it found she had been put through intense anxiety, “harassment” and “intimidation”, which may have worsened her condition.
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New: Hereditary principle kicking in at Harris Federation: educationuncovered.co.uk/diary/diary/15… England’s 2nd-largest academy chain has underlined its position as in the control of a single family, as wife and son of its “sponsor” have joined him at the highest level of its governance system.
So the three members at Harris Federation are now Lord and Lady Harris and their son, Peter. As I revealed in 2019, Lord Harris as "principal sponsor" gets to appoint up to 32 trustees, overseeing this chain of 50 state schools, and that right then passes to family members. So...
...this is an overwhelmingly publicly funded, but privately controlled, organisation.
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New: Academy chief executive, who oversaw primary school with the highest number of permanent exclusions on record in England, put forward by government to be the next Children’s Commissioner. educationuncovered.co.uk/diary/diary/14…
New piece on Rachel de Souza.
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One of those schools, which is in special measures, saw Ofsted highlighting in two reports its fixed-term exclusions, though strangely not mentioning permanent ones.
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