A new newspaper launching 19 September

Press release: July 7, 2014

Laura McInerney has been appointed the deputy editor of Academies Week - due to be launched in September

A well-known education writer and researcher, as well as a self confessed policy nerd, she taught in East London for six years before moving to America where she undertook a Fulbright Scholarship where she studied Education Policy.

She writes regularly for The Guardian and LKMCo, and occasionally for the Times Education Supplement, the New Statesman, and EdaptUK.

Of her new appointment she says: “Anyone who knows me will agree that I love reading and writing about education policy and the impact of those policies on schools, I am therefore, naturally very excited to be part of the team launching Academies Week in September."

And the editor of Academies Week Nick Linford added: Laura is already a well-known and respected journalist in the schools sector. Her addition to the team is terrific news.

It’s a real coup for us to get someone of Laura’s expertise on board at Academies Week. She will bring a wealth of knowledge to an already experienced team.”

Specialising in free schools and academies - via LKMCo she published the booklet “The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools…And How To Avoid Them“ - she is an obvious good match for Academies Week which aims to meet a demand in the school sector for an investigative newspaper focused on both policy and finance related stories

She explains: "During my time in the US I researched the sometimes successful and sometimes disastrous implementation of charter schools, which are very similar to English academies."

But she is also keenly interested in the influence of politics on education. "Throughout Summer 2013 I began reading all available biographies of past UK Education Secretaries which I am blogging and tweeting about via www.greatedusecs.com.

"I didn’t get through the whole thing, so I shall continue the quest this summer."

The new online and printed Academies Week is aimed at middle and senior managers in primary and secondary schools, along with staff in organisations with an interest in schools' related policy and finance.

Operating out of publisher’s offices in Greenwich, London, the new title will be in direct competition with the TES, Sec Ed and to some extent national media reporting on schools.

It should suit McInerney's questing personality. "While I am accused of being many things, mostly I am a pragmatist. My favourite questions (and the basis of many of my blogs are) are: What problem are you trying to solve? Is this really the best way to solve it? Why aren’t we doing this already?," she says.

Born in Widnes, she attended the local comprehensive school before going to college and later, Oxford University

She will work alongside Nick Linford the editor and owner, and five full-time employees, including a sub-editor, two reporters and a designer.

It's planned that Academies Week will be similar in format and distribution to FE Week and Nick Linford is upbeat about the new publication. "We believe this will work based on market analysis and experience of launching FE Week, which has been both popular and financially successful," he says.

He concedes launching a new title has risks but points out: "The risk is a lack of financial return on substantial investment. However, the publisher (Lsect Ltd) has no investors nor loans, and is thus in a very secure position to make the necessary investment."

Subscription to the printed newspaper will cost around £50 per year, with a target circulation of 5,000 by the end of the first year. The website will be free to view, with a hoped-for one million page views by the end of that first year.

Paper copies (typically 20 pages and tabloid sized) will be posted on Thursdays. A digital PDF version will also be emailed to subscribers on Thursday morning, and articles will also be published on this website (no paywall).

For more information subscribe below or contact Nick Linford, or Shane Mann (details below)

Nick Linford
Academies Week
020 81234 778

Shane Mann
Managing Director
Lsect Ltd (Publisher)
020 81234 778

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