More than £1.1m is to be spent refurbishing an office block that will house a free school for two years; GCSE English literature changes may be a barrier for less able pupils; DfE ignores 98% vote against Harris transfer in official consultationScouting for classroomsThe Department for Education is spending more than £1.1m refurbishing an office block that will serve as the temporary site for a free school for the next two years.This is the latest chaotic episode for Parkfield school in Bournemouth, which was originally scheduled to open in 2012. It is now due to open next month – not in the office block itself, but in a scout camp outside the town – as the building work is yet to be completed.Three weeks ago, the school’s principal, Terry Conaghan, told Education Guardian that the work was on track to allow the school to open in early September.But in a letter sent to parents just a week later, Conaghan wrote that a building survey had uncovered the need for extensive electrical and ventilation system work on the office block.”The quotes for the cost of this work trebled the original budget set for the refurbishment to more than £1.1m. This obviously …read more

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