Safeguarding failures exposed at Free School

In an explosive resignation letter sent to EMAT staff, former head Tim Marston said the budget cuts introduced after a switch to general annual grant (GAG) pooling – where the central trust takes control of school funding – had “harmed the school unnecessarily”.

The school, one of the biggest free schools in the country, was short of up to five teaching assistants, who were important in making sure “our most vulnerable pupils are well-supported”, he warned the trust.

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