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Have faith: DfE will solve Catholic impasse

Government officials say they will do ‘everything they can’ to remove the barriers to Catholic colleges becoming academies – but there are no guarantees

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We inch ever closer to the first sixth-form college throwing off the cloak of incorporation to become an academy. As TES reported last week, Hereford Sixth Form College is at the front of the queue – and could even complete the process in the next few days.

At the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA) conference last week, minister Lord Nash said that a fifth of colleges had begun the official academisation process. And he’d like to see more follow this path.

“We’re still very keen to recruit high-quality sponsors and believe many sixth-form colleges have characteristics which would be very ...

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