Wednesday 8 May 2013

The murky world of academy finance

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Do academies really receive the same amount of funding as non-academy schools?

It is a basic question, and very relevant to any assessment as to whether the coalition government’s best-known education policy is actually succeeding or not.

But, amazingly, we still do not have a categorical answer. It seems very difficult, then, to make any fair comparison between academies and their maintained (non-academy) school  peer group. Moreover, as the Commons Public Accounts Committee stressed again in a bitingly critical report (http://bit.ly/17LKJ74)  on the Department for Education’s management of the academies programme this week, large sums of public money seem to be being spent on the policy with relatively little transparency.

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