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Soaring numbers of academy trusts being wound up.

Soaring numbers of academy trusts are being wound up, and many are collapsing with deficits of millions of pounds, a Schools Week investigation has revealed.

Our analysis, using Companies House records, found at least 91 multi-academy trusts had closed or were in the process of being wound up since 2014.

However, more than half (46) closed or began closing this year – with figures soaring since 2014. The disclosure also comes after the government admitted last week that a lack of high-quality sponsors is still a “top risk” facing the academies system.

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UN - children turning up at UK schools hungry.

The costs of austerity in the UK have fallen “disproportionately” on children, leaving them hungry at school and forcing teachers to collect food and send it home with their pupils, according to a United Nations poverty expert.

Professor Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, recently spent two weeks in the UK. He visited a primary school, several community groups, a food bank and other public services.

In his damning report, Alston warned that children are “showing up at school with empty stomachs, and schools are collecting food on an ad hoc basis and sending it home because teachers know that their students will otherwise go hungry”.

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Amanda Spielman Ofsted Chief full speech.

It has been quite some time since an Ofsted Chief Inspector has addressed this conference, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to speak to you today. And I hope that this is a marker of what can be described, these days, as an increasingly constructive relationship between Ofsted and the sector.

It is no secret that my background lies in education. But when I took on the role of Chief Inspector, I was clear that every part of our work was of equal importance. And I made a commitment that I would get to know every aspect of our broad remit.

So, when it came to children’s social care, understanding the issues and challenges you face has been one of my priorities. Eighteen months in, and my education is not over yet. But what I have seen, so far, has been both encouraging and inspiring.

It has been a real pleasure to visit some of you in person, both, in local authorities and individual service providers. Thank you for making me so welcome, and for letting me see first-hand what you do. It is very clear that this is a sector with boundless dedication and passion to improve the lives of children.

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Amanda Spielman - Ofsted Chief on county lines.

Learn the lessons of Rotherham to tackle menace of county lines': Ofsted chief fires warning on drug gangs which are recruiting children as young as 12 years old

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Student loans being sold off.

The Chancellor

will go ahead with plans to sell off billions of pounds more of student loans despite warnings it will lose “eye-watering” sums of cash for the taxpayer. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has raised significant doubts over Philip Hammond’s decision to extend the amount of student loans this Parliament from £12bn to £15bn. It cited concerns that the treatment of the loans sale in the Treasury accounts was “misleading”, adding it did not “strengthen the public finances in any meaningful sense”.

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