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Tuesday 4 October 2011

Conflict of Interest

From Kelie Kavanagh:

Could there be a conflict of interest if the chair & 2 other members of the governing body are employed by a company that have been & still are in partnership with the Proposed Sponsors for 12 months prior to the Head & Governors applying for academy status for our school?

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  1. alasdair smith said:

    The simple answer is yes! Governors have to make a declaration of interest so it would be interesting to see if these interests have been declared. An FoI request should find the answer

    7 October 2011 at 10:37am
  2. kelie kavanagh said:

    thank you Alasdair, I asked this question because i found that Plus dane and chester uni have been in partnership since Feb 2010. Chester Uni were introduced to Governing body as proposed sponsors on the 7th Dec 2010.. the application for academy status was made the end of march beginning of April 2011.. heres the link http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/5542
    Thanks Again Alasdair

    11 October 2011 at 11:06pm
  3. kelie kavanagh said:

    Will it still stand even if the 3 memebers of Plus Dane one of who was the chair resigned early July 2011 just after the re-vote that took place on the 29th June 2011??

    11 October 2011 at 11:10pm
  4. kelie kavanagh said:

    sorry re-vote *which took place on th 29th June 2011

    12 October 2011 at 12:07am
  5. Lynne Izon said:

    I was wondering about the ethics of “non profit making ” educational trusts approved by the DfE, who are empolyed by councils to sell the idea of schools converting to academy status who then go on to be the leasd sponsors for such academies.

    Being the lead sponsors they then go on to chair the governing bodies,they select the governors up to at least five who are members of the same educational trust being paid as consultants.

    Next thing they have a number of academies ,who they are also
    the chair of the governing body and so it goes on.

    Is this common practice and if so how can it possibly be ethical and transparent?

    Surely these so called consultants also wearing the sponsor and governor hat sponsors who advise councils and are not doing for nothing?

    4 March 2013 at 11:17pm

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