We also cover the prospect of “academy-style” trusts and ask whether comments briefed to The Times signal genuine intention or just a spot of kite-flying.

Plus an update on how staff mandatory vaccination is progressing, with just two weeks to go until the deadline. Featuring James Illman, Dave West and Annabelle Collins.

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