Gagging clauses rise in large academy trusts as minister questions ‘endemic’ use

The use of non-disclosure agreements is increasing in some large academy trusts, just as senior ministers are questioning their use.

Lord Agnew, the academies minister, told MPs last week that he is worried about the “endemic” use of the “gagging clauses” in the public sector, while Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has vowed to end the use of NDAs that prevent NHS whistleblowers coming forward.

Figures obtained by Schools Week shed light on the trusts’ use of the controversial agreements, which prevent people from discussing confidential information, often as part of a financial pay-out.

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