£8.7m lost on cancelled free schools

Schools Week can reveal the cancelled schemes were handed £8.7 million in funding from the Department for Education – cash which will not be recouped and has now been written off.

The scrapped projects were only identified by the department in the last academic year as a result of “improved financial management” and had not been previously reported, despite some dating back to 2013.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cost-of-cancelled-free-schools.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Minister’s £340k free schools flop revealed

A trust set up by a Conservative peer and former policy supremo of David Cameron was handed £340,000 for two free school projects that never even got off the ground.

The Floreat Education Academies Trust, founded by the now health minister Lord James O’Shaughnessy, received the cash to set up new primary schools in London – but the plans were abandoned in March last year.

The primaries are among 44 free school projects cancelled without teaching a single pupil between 2013-14, and 2016-17.

Schools Week can reveal the cancelled schemes were handed £8.7 million in funding from the Department for Education – cash which will not be recouped and has now been written off.

Minister’s £340k free schools flop revealed

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Church of England academy faces termination over ‘unacceptably low’ standards

A Church of England academy in Lincolnshire faces having its funding withdrawn and being rebrokered to a new sponsor after Ofsted warned of “unacceptably low” standards.

The Lincoln Anglican academy trust has been issued with a termination warning notice for its school the William Lovell Church of England academy by the Department for Education.

It means that if the trust does not meet certain conditions, the secondary school will have its funding terminated and be re-brokered, leaving 14 schools under the trust’s sponsorship.

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Might Labour hand RSCs’ powers to councils?

It wouldn’t be the reversal of academisation but it could make some sense of a confused schools system, says Ed Dorrell

https://www.tes.com/news/might-labour-hand-rscs-powers-councils

 

 

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66 academies approved by Regional Schools Commissioners to transfer to another trust.

Angela Rayner Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academy schools were waiting to be re-brokered at 1 September 2018.

Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

As at 1 September 2018, there are 66 academies that have been approved by Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC) to transfer to another trust.

Academies may transfer to other trusts in a range of circumstances. In some cases, RSCs may be intervening due to concerns about academy performance. In other cases, an academy may be moving trust as part of an agreed voluntary arrangement. Although transfers are agreed in principle, some may end up not going ahead for any number of reasons.

Information on transfers that have occurred during the financial years 2013/14 to 2017/18 is published here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/academy-transfers-and-funding-england-financial-year-2017-to-2018.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2018-09-12.174066.h&s=education+AND+academies#g174066.q0

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