A chain of academies is facing an investigation after the number of
pupils with special educational needs at one of its schools fell by 194
in a year.
The Department for Education said it was “concerned” after an analysis by The Times uncovered the reduction at the Great Yarmouth Charter Academy.
The academy said that some children with special educational needs (SEN) had left while others had been reclassified as not needing extra support after the Inspiration Trust, a Norwich based chain of 13 academies, took over the school in September 2017.
A throwaway remark that “over half of pupils with SEN met by a statement/EHCP in the 2017 Year 11 cohort were in special schools” surprised a number of readers who know far more about provision for pupils with SEND than I do. Cue much double-checking of my calculations. Reassured, I thought I’d take a look at what’s being going on over the last few years.
Revealed: “exceptional” £150k-plus salaries are nearly ubiquitious among the leaders of England’s 20 largest academy chains. My new analysis of their 2017-18 accounts shows average top pay of CEOs at 20 largest chains was £203.5k.