DfE report delays let academy trust bosses ‘get away with it’

The government has admitted that reports on financial scandals in three academy trusts have been gathering dust for more than 18 months – while refusing to confirm when they will be published.


School finance experts and campaigners say the delays mean those responsible have not been held to account. The lack of deterrents or lessons learned also risks similar problems engulfing other trusts.

Schools Week asked the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)  for copies of its investigation reports into Bright Tribe, Lilac Sky and SchoolsCompany trusts.

All three were stripped of their schools between 2016 and 2019 after investigations into financial mismanagement, scrutiny that fuelled wider controversy over academisation itself.

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