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Some schools to lose Steiner ethos.

An academy trust selected to take over three failing Steiner schools is preparing to move them away from the Steiner Waldorf ethos that underpins them.

It was announced in June that the Avanti Schools Trust had been selected to run three state Steiner academies in the south west – Bristol (pictured), Exeter and Frome – after all three were placed in special measures by Ofsted.

We have made it clear from the beginning, they will first and foremost be Avanti schools. This is not Avanti joining the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, this is Steiner schools joining Avanti

The schools follow the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, which focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of pupils, with an emphasis on art and imagination. Pupils at Steiner schools also do not begin formal education until the age of six.

When the transfer to Avanti was announced, the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship, the umbrella body for Steiner schools, said the schools would remain Steiner under the new trust, and “carry forward our philosophy of Waldorf education, which sits at the heart of our ethos”.

However, with the transfer due to be completed in the coming weeks, Avanti has insisted it never intended to keep the schools Steiner.

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Coverting to academy status.

Key dates for schools converting to academy status on 1
June 2020
If these deadlines are not met, whilst we will try our best we cannot
guarantee your school will be able to convert on 1 June 2020
Schools open as an academy on the first day of the month. In order to open on the chosen
month, all the necessary paperwork associated with the conversion must be completed in the
previous month.
In order to achieve this, the table below sets out the key dates for schools planning to convert on
1 June 2020. The table indicates the final dates for documents and other information to be sent to
your Department for Education project lead and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
in order to ensure your opening on 1 June 2020. If these deadlines are not met whilst we will
always do our best, we cannot guarantee your school will be able to convert on 1 June 2020.

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Children's Minister needed.

Children and young people are caught in a "national emergency" that can only be properly dealt with by a new Cabinet post dedicated to helping them, according to an alliance of more than 160 charities and organisations.

The country's youth are being "menaced by 21st century evils" the newly formed Children First Alliance claims, referring to obesity and physical inactivity, adverse childhood experiences, rising mental health issues, dominance of social media and screen time influence, and socioeconomic disadvantages. Children have become the forgotten group in society, the alliance says.

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New Statutory Direction for Northamptonshire.

1. The Secretary of State for Education (“the Secretary of State”) has noted in
respect of Northamptonshire County Council (“the Council”) that performance
of children’s social care services has significantly deteriorated, as detailed in
Ofsted’s letter dated 13 November 2018 following a focussed visit carried out
on 17 and 18 October 2018 (“The 2018 Ofsted letter”).
2. On 10 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local
Government issued Directions to the Council (“The MHCLG Directions”) under
section 15(5) and (6) of the Local Government Act 1999 (“the 1999 Act”).
These Directions followed the report dated 15 March 2018 of the Best Value
Inspection of the Council by Max Caller CBE, published and given to the
Council on 15 March 2018. The MHCLG Directions provided for
Commissioners appointed by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities
and Local Government (“The MHCLG Commissioners”) to exercise functions of
the Council associated with governance and scrutiny, appointment of statutory
officers and strategic financial management.

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Eton and Harrow help state schools with career advice.

Elite private schools including Eton and Harrow have pledged to open their contact books to help state school pupils get ahead in the world of work.

More than 60 head teachers affiliated with the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), an association of independent schools, have pledged to ask alumni, parents, staff and other contacts to give careers talks to pupils from state schools.

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