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DfE plan to blacklist academy trustee ‘chancers’

The Department for Education is drawing up a blacklist of academy trustees who have overseen failures, MPs have heard. Meg Hillier, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, today raised concerns about a current lack of sanctions against people she described … Continue reading

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MATs the DfE funded to expand tell of finance fears

Some multi-academy trusts (MATs) that received a share of a £31 million government fund to expand have become concerned about their long-term financial viability, a new report has revealed. Financial concerns were raised by MATs that took on schools with large deficits or … Continue reading

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Six things we learned about embattled academy trusts

Two academy trusts that have been engulfed in controversy have been the focus of a public spending watchdog today. Academy officials who are now responsible for Durand and Bright Tribe faced questions from MPs on the Public Accounts Committee. Bright Tribe is … Continue reading

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Former academy head given £850,000 payoff

The former head of a controversial academy is being paid an £850,000 severance package out of proceeds from a private leisure centre run on the school grounds, MPs have heard. Details of the payment to Sir Greg Martin, the former … Continue reading

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New entries in the DfE’s academy leaders rich list

32 academy trusts make debut on DfE list of organisations paying at least one person more than £150,000 Dozens of academy trusts pushed senior pay above £150,000 at a time of growing concern about high executive salaries, a new DfE … Continue reading

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