Two headteachers who broke academy finance rules have been barred from running schools.
Liam Nolan, who was executive headteacher of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust, and Thomas Marshall, former head of Baverstock Academy, both based in Birmingham, have been banned by the government from running independent schools, including academies and free schools.
“despite a decade of radical education reform, equity in education remains an elusive dream”.
Or perhaps a decade of radical education reform is the reason?
“For the past eight years I have researched, written about and argued against academisation in English schooling. I have done ethnographic fieldwork in an academy with an ‘entrepreneurship specialism’, considered networks of elite actors investing in the Academies Programme, and looked at negotiations with and resistance to academisation.”
LA schools in receipt of far less severe Ofsted reports than this are automatically lined up to have their control changed by DfE. But because this is an academy, the same organisation, and same people, staying in control here, despite this report:
“I have followed the misfortunes of the Griffin Schools Trust for many years since it took over four primary schools as academies in Medway, then having Wayfield Primary taken away from it in 2016, following a catastrophic Ofsted Report that highlighted ‘Pupils’ safety and well-being are at risk; Staff manage pupils’ behaviour poorly; Normal discipline has broken down; On occasion, staff lose control of pupils, who are then at risk of being harmed’ “