25 Feb 2014

The removal of 10 schools from the EACT academy chain is the most spectacular failure in British post war education history. No Local Authority ever failed so dismally. Even when Islington Council’s education service was deemed beyond repair in the mid 1990’s it only had 3 ‘failing’ secondary schools!

20 Feb 2014

The deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers is calling for local authorities to take responsibility for free schools and academies following the revelations about Barnfield College this morning.

8 Jan 2014

Woodard Academies Trust was formed in 2007 to deliver the academy programme for Woodard Schools – the largest group of private Church of England schools in England and Wales. From their riverside offices in London, the Trust runs five publicly-funded academies in very different parts of England – from West Sussex to North Tyneside via Kent and Stoke-on-Trent. And it looks like all five academies are in trouble.

10 Aug 2013

Prospects Services, the education firm blocked from taking on more academy schools because of poor performance, managed to persuade a Tory education minister to overrule his civil servants and ignore the firm’s failures, papers obtained by Private Eye under Freedom of Information show.

22 Jul 2013

The country’s largest taxpayer-funded academy chain, which was recently criticised for its poor performance in managing schools, has paid nearly £500,000 into the private business interests of its trustees and executives.

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