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David Ross has been named as a favourite for the role of Chair of Ofsted. His education trust runs 25 academies. 6 are in Special Measures, 7 require improvement. He has donated £200,000 to the Tory Party.
As Michael Gove and the DfE continue to hand our schools over to private sponsors as academies, or allow ‘free’ schools to be opened by an assortment of individuals and organisations, it is worth taking a quick look at just how many of these people are closely associated with the Conservative Party or Gove.
Police are investigating allegations of serious financial mismanagement at one of the Government’s academy schools, fuelling demands for stricter controls over their financing, The Independent has learnt.
Do academies really receive the same amount of funding as non-academy schools?
It is a basic question, and very relevant to any assessment as to whether the coalition government’s best-known education policy is actually succeeding or not.
But, amazingly, we still do not have a categorical answer. It seems very difficult, then, to make any fair comparison between academies and their maintained (non-academy) school peer group. Moreover, as the Commons Public Accounts Committee stressed again in a bitingly critical report (http://bit.ly/17LKJ74) on the Department for Education’s management of the academies programme this week, large sums of public money seem to be being spent on the policy with relatively little transparency.
From The Guardian
In English education, we are living in extraordinary times. A striking example is the huge growth of academy schools, particularly in the secondary sector, a growth that has happened without key questions about effectiveness, sustainability or value for money being addressed. It is a vast structural experiment, in scale going far beyond what has been tried in any comparable country. However, Unleashing Greatness, a new 130-page report by the high-powered Academies Commission has investigated the issues in some depth. Its report makes extremely uncomfortable reading.