NUT calls for answers from Gove in Barnfield police probe

The deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers is calling for local authorities to take responsibility for free schools and acadamies following the revelations about Barnfield College.

A Skills Funding Agency report into Barnfield College and Barnfield Federation has been referred to Hertfordshire Police who will decide if a criminal investigation is required.

Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said the news comes days after publication of the Department for Education investigation into the Glendene Arts Academy over irregularities in the use of that academy’s funding.

He said: “Whatever the outcome of these investigations, and those at the King’s Science Academy in Bradford, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Secretary of State has failed in his duty to oversee the governance and management of academies and free schools – his key education policy. Clearly this is not a function that can be properly discharged from Whitehall.

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