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Durand legal win could hamper academisation

More challenges to inspectorate’s rulings could follow this week’s landmark victory in the High Court

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It is every headteacher’s nightmare – “inadequate”: the ultimate Ofsted damning judgement that could see them out of a job and their school turned into an academy.

However, a surprise High Court victory by one of the most country’s most controversial schools could give hope to others that have been branded “inadequate” and left to deal with the verdict’s damaging consequences.

Lawyers are already warning that the ruling could have serious consequences for the government’s academies policy. Heads’ leaders are expecting scores of schools to take legal advice as a result.

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