Names of 53 academy trusts being quizzed on high pay

The DfE has given 53 academy trusts two weeks to justify paying high salaries last year.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency today published letters it this week sent to the trusts.

It told them they were “one of a very small number of trusts” that had paid either at least one person a salary of £150,000 or more, or at least two salaries between £100,000 and £150,000 in 2016-17.

It is the fourth batch of letters the ESFA has sent to academy trusts to demand explanations of high salaries, bringing the total that it has contacted to 213.

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Directors of Children’s Services demand LAs be allowed to take over failing academies

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has released a report asking the government to let local authorities take over failing academies.

The group, who represent the local authority leaders responsible for schools in their areas, are concerned that lack of clarity about the council’s role in schools versus that of academy trusts means the system is “increasingly incoherent”.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/directors-of-childrens-services-demand-las-be-allowed-to-take-over-failing-academies/

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81 pupils ‘removed’ from academy linked to minister

More than 80 pupils have left the roll of an academy in the eight months since it was taken over by an academy trust founded by the academies minister, Lord Theodore Agnew.

Great Yarmouth High School, which was put into special measures in May 2016, was taken over by the Inspiration Trust in September 2017 and renamed Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.

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Now, a freedom of information request has revealed that between September 2017 and June 2018, the school notified Norfolk County Council that 81 of its pupils had been “removed” from its roll.

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Parents say they have been ignored over crisis-hit school’s academy plan

Parents have protested about their crisis-hit Birmingham school – claiming they are having to buy stationery for their own children.

Springfield Primary School in Sparkhill has been in special measures since 2015.

Its teachers have been staging strikes for a month now over fears that plans to turn it into an academy will lead to pay cuts and redundancies.

But now parents have claimed the primary school has been letting its 630 pupils down and want to see academy plans dropped.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/springfield-school-crisis-academy-14866231

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Doomed Schools Company Trust ‘double-counted’ GCSEs

A failed multi-academy trust that runs schools for vulnerable excluded pupils reported inflated GCSE results after double-counting some qualifications, it has been revealed.

Accounts of the Schools Company Trust, which will walk away from its three pupil referral units in Devon and mainstream secondary school in Kent this summer, reveal concerns over executive pay, fears for the safety of pupils and “unreliable” reporting of GCSE results.

According to the accounts, the trust reported last year that 48 per cent of pupils at North Devon Academy achieved “five GCSEs”, when the actual figure was 19.5 per cent

Doomed Schools Company Trust ‘double-counted’ GCSEs

 

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