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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.
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.
PLANS to turn two Portsmouth secondary schools into academies have hit a brick wall after sponsorship was withdrawn.
Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) has confirmed it is withdrawing its academy sponsorship of Miltoncross and Priory schools.
Both schools were expected to become AET academies later this year.
But it’s believed the trust has been asked by the Department for Education (DfE) to focus on raising results in its existing academies, rather than taking on more schools.
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.
A primary school in Queen’s Park which is due to convert to academy status has dumped its proposed sponsor.
Salusbury Primary School, in Salusbury Road, had planned to seek a partnership with Park Federation following a poor Ofsted report – but it has emerged that the school has pulled out of the agreement after a breakdown in relations.
The school currently has a consultant head teacher in place following the departure of the previous head last year.
But it is alleged that PF’s chief executive wanted to draft in a friend as head teacher at SPS, causing unrest within the school.
Under new governmental rules, schools which get poor Oftsed reports are forced by the Department for Education (DfE) to convert to academy status.