Highlights of the week ending 1 July

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Ministers and DfE have had a busy week making announcements, and publishing research, statistics, and consultations. The biggest news was the changes to the Schools Bill, currently being scrutinised by Peers in the House of Lords. Following opposition to the plans to give Whitehall greater powers over academies, large sections of the Bill will be removed. In addition, DfE is reviewing how it works with academy trusts. In more welcome news for ministers, respondents to the consultation on another Schools White Paper policy, bringing schools with two consecutive judgements below ‘Good’ in scope for intervention, agreed that such schools should be better supported to improve.

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