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Be ready to challenge ‘inappropriate’ use of money, academy chiefs told

Academy leaders must be prepared to call out inappropriate behaviour within their organisations, especially if it involves public money, the government’s top school funding boss has said. Eileen Milner, the head of the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has … Continue reading

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Top Academy Chain Accused Of ‘Cheating’ During Ofsted Inspection

A flagship academy trust has been accused of placing extra, more experienced teachers into one of its schools during an Ofsted inspection to “deliberately and premeditatedly cheat” the system. Ten extra staff were reportedly deployed to the Harris Primary Academy … Continue reading

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Academy trusts: More than just one bad apple?

A Panorama investigation this week accused the Bright Tribe academy trust of making repeated false claims for building and maintenance grants. Schools Week can now reveal at least two more trusts have misused the same funds, and that academies minister, … Continue reading

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Labour MP joins millionaire Tory donor to open new free school

Veteran Labour politician Frank Field and high-profile Tory donor David Ross have been granted permission to jointly open a free school with a view to taking control of some existing schools later this year. The Frank Field Education Trust is … Continue reading

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Academies fail, parents despair – but the Tories say there’s no going back

Just days after I was selected as Labour parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green (current occupant: Iain Duncan Smith) I received an email saying that Longshaw primary, a local school, was under threat after being severely run down by … Continue reading

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