Ofsted challenged on off-rolling consistency

Ofsted refuses to explain why it did not record the removal of students from MAT founded by a minister as off-rolling

Ofsted is facing questions about why an academy’s decision to remove students from its roll in Year 11 without demonstrating that this was in the students’ interests has not been recorded as off-rolling.

The SEND Action Group has queried Ofsted’s findings from an inspection into the East Point Academy, in Lowestoft, Suffolk, which is run by the high-profile Inspiration Trust.

https://www.tes.com/news/exclusive-ofsted-challenged-rolling-consistency

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Yorkshire schools will not get back millions lost in trust’s collapse

Schools in Yorkshire that transferred millions of pounds to a multi-academy trust before it went bust will not get the money back, the area’s schools commissioner has confirmed.

Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), which ran 21 schools, was accused of asset-stripping after it moved its schools’ reserves to centralised accounts before admitting new sponsors would need to be found for them days into the new term in September 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/18/yorkshire-schools-will-not-get-back-millions-lost-in-trusts-collapse

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Staff forced autistic pupils into tiny cupboard after ‘meltdowns’, school admits

Staff at an academy school repeatedly forced autistic pupils as young as five into a tiny cupboard and then held the door shut after they had “meltdowns” in class, a school has admitted.

Parents of three of the pupils are now calling on the school’s head teacher to resign, after an independent panel upheld their complaints.

The room was just five feet square in size, and the word “Hell” was at one point written in red ink on the inside of the door by autistic pupils who referred to it as the “cupboard of Hell”, although staff called it “the quiet room”.

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Football-style ‘bidding wars pushing up academy pay’

A football-style “transfer market” is pushing up multi-academy trust leaders’ pay by creating “bidding wars” for school leaders, one MAT boss has warned.

Andy Goulty, chief executive of Rodillian Academy Trust, was paid at least £255,000, including pension contributions, in 2017-18, according to a report in The Sunday Times today.

Mr Goulty is quoted in The Sunday Times as saying there was a “football transfer market” among academy schools. He reportedly said he had been contacted as a result of “bidding wars” by more than a dozen headhunters after a think tank described his trust as successful.

According to the newspaper, he added: “I became a commodity. Other trusts were trying to poach me, and my salary rose in response to that.”

https://www.tes.com/news/football-style-bidding-wars-pushing-academy-pay
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Fat cat academy bosses told to rein in mega‑salaries

Head teachers and academy trust leaders in the state sector are collecting “fat cat” pay packages with some pocketing nearly half a million pounds a year, a Sunday Times investigation has found. Perks can include company BMWs and all-expenses hotel stays.

In 112 academy trusts — more than a third of those examined — 128 staff were paid more than the prime minister’s salary of £150,000, and 39 staff in 34 trusts were paid more than £200,000, according to the findings of the biggest investigation to date into school leaders’ pay. Six of the top-paying trusts operated just one school.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a3d6ca4e-0319-11ea-95be-9565f1401aa3

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