Toby Young’s flagship free school trust woos other schools amid financial chill

Toby Young’s flagship free school trust woos other schools amid financial chill

It is one of the best-known academy chains in England. It has a super-high-profile leader and reportedly one of the highest numbers of applications per place in London. But now even West London Free School Academy Trust (WLFSAT) is feeling the chill from icy financial winds buffeting schools, its recent governing body minutes reveal. The minutes, shown to Education Guardian, record that Toby Young, WLFSAT’s chief executive, was asked by a trustee earlier this year to phone other schools to ask whether they would like to join the trust as…

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Upper Perkiomen School District Cancels Classes Amid Feared Threat Posted Online

Upper Perkiomen School District Cancels Classes Amid Feared Threat Posted Online

A Montgomery County school district canceled classes for all students Monday amid a police investigation into a threat against students that police said didn’t appear to be a threat after all. The Upper Perkiomen School District in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania received an anonymous direct threat on Instagram, superintendent Dr. Alexis McGloin told NBC10. “Due to a concern with safety and welfare of our students, school will be canceled for the day,” said McGloin in a letter to parents and guardians posted to the district’s website and on Facebook around 5:30 a.m….

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Afghan leader vows to fight poverty amid donor fatigue

Afghan leader vows to fight poverty amid donor fatigue

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appealed Wednesday for sustained international help for his insurgency-wracked country, promising international donors that the government would concentrate its future efforts on tackling rampant poverty. “We are going to be relentlessly focused on reduction and elimination of poverty as our central task,” Ghani told representatives from more than 70 nations and dozens of agencies and non-governmental organizations gathered in Brussels to try to drum up billions of dollars to keep the Afghan government afloat. The Afghan government is estimated to only be capable of meeting 20…

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Saatchi & Saatchi boss resigns amid sexism row

Saatchi & Saatchi boss resigns amid sexism row

Kevin Roberts, the executive chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, has resigned after provoking fury by claiming that women in the advertising industry lacked ambition and were not held back by sexism. Roberts was put on leave by Publicis, the parent company of Saatchi & Saatchi, last week after denying that sexism was an issue in the advertising world. In a statement, the French global advertising group said Roberts had now resigned. “The supervisory board and the chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe took note of Kevin Roberts’ decision to step…

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