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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.
This is a true story about a friend of mine,and a school in inner-city Leeds that deserved better.
The story is intended to debunk the idea, once and for all that inner-city schools are not already staffed with the best teachers or that they are letting down their students. It is also a sad reflection of the damage that privatisation and academisation can do to children and families and school staff especially in deprived areas.
Prospects Academy Trust has today announced it is folding and is ‘handing back’ its six academies. Prospects Academies Trust said it had been a “very difficult” year for supporting its academies. It has three schools in Paignton, Devon but the others are hundreds of miles away in Bexhill, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean while the trust’s HQ is in Bromley, Kent.
The free school and academy programme has cost taxpayers nearly £80 million in private consultants’ fees, claims a new report.
Research carried out by the TUC has found that the Department for Education has paid £77 million of public funds to lawyers, head-hunters, accountants, estate agents and management consultants.
The TUC says that the money has been paid to 14 private firms which provide services to free schools and academies since the government took office.