Don’t buy booze, funding agency tells Mats

The government is clamping down on academy trusts buying alcoholic drinks or excessive gifts with public money.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has highlighted the purchase of alcohol as an example of “irregularity and impropriety” which have come to light during its investigations of academy trusts.

Its new Academy Accounts Direction (AAD) warns that alcohol and excessive gifts are now classed as irregular expenditure and will be seen as not using public money “for the purpose it was intended.”

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US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and God’s Plan for Schools

New York Times article

BOSTON — At the rightmost edge of the Christian conservative movement, there are those who dream of turning the United States into a Christian republic subject to “biblical laws.” In the unlikely figure of Donald J. Trump, they hope to have found their greatest champion yet. He wasn’t “our preferred candidate,” the Christian nationalist David Barton said in June, but he could be “God’s candidate.”

Consider the president-elect’s first move on public education. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the nation, says that he was Mr. Trump’s first pick for secretary of education. Liberty University teaches creationism alongside evolution.

When Mr. Falwell declined, President-elect Trump offered the cabinet position to Betsy DeVos. In most news coverage, Ms. DeVos is depicted as a member of the Republican donor class and a leading advocate of school vouchers programs.

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Ministers’ school visits show ‘ideological obsession’ with academies

The education secretary has visited more than twice as many academies and free schools than maintained ones – and just one special school – in the first four months of his job.

Details of Damian Hinds’ visits were released to Schools Week as part of a Freedom of Information request.

Between January and the end of April, Hinds visited 13 mainstream academies and five maintained schools. He also visited one community special school and a pupil referral unit.

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Doomed Perry Beeches academy trust had a £1.5 million deficit

The controversial Perry Beeches academy trust had a £1.5 million deficit in the year before it was wound up, it has been revealed.

According to its latest accounts, the now-defunct Birmingham trust managed to reduce the deficit across its schools from £2.5 million in August 2016, but still had a £1.5 million shortfall last summer.

Schools Week story here

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