£80,000 – carpets and re-covering furniture from an independent interior design store.
Holland Park School in Kensington, west London, has twice been asked to justify its high salaries by the government, which ruled earlier this year the single-academy trust had not broken funding rules when it spent thousands of pounds on luxury products.
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“We’ve had plenty of Republican as well as Democratic secretaries of education but none of them, even those who believed in alternatives to public education, actually tried to eviscerate public education,” said Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. “Here is someone who in her first budget tried to eliminate every single summer school programme, every single after-school programme, and who has done everything in her power to try to make it harder for us to strengthen public [sector] schools.”
When a bunch of young weavers in the Rochdale Pioneers Society opened
their first grocery store on 21 December 1844, their hope was to
promote ethical trade and share profits with their members and
community. It was their response to a divided country rocked by economic
problems with the poor suffering.
One hundred and 75 years on and the Co-op says it is taking inspiration from those founder members, not only through selling Fairtrade goods and funding local charities through its membership scheme but also by putting itself at the heart of communities through the sponsorship of 24 academy schools.
Trustees at the scandal-hit Perry Beeches Academy Trust continued to
break academy funding rules in the chain’s final year as a school
sponsor, delayed accounts show.
Concerns highlighted in the latest accounts, including unauthorised
credit card transactions, a lack of internal auditing and a failure to
follow tendering procedures show that troubles continued to plague the
trust in its last year as an academy sponsor.
In March 2016, a government investigation found the trust had
funnelled £1.3 million to a private company without following proper
procedures. The company then paid a “second salary” to superhead Liam