Academies minister questions ‘moral purpose’ of standalone heads

Education secretary Gavin Williamson outlined a raft of policies to revive the academies programme by nudging schools into converting and growing MATs.

Plans include formalising ‘try before you buy’ MAT membership, supporting growth of religious trusts and looking at forcing conversion of long-term ‘requires improvement’ schools (see page 5 round-up).

A Schools Week investigation has established the push to academise comes amid a slump in conversion rates – which started before the pandemic.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/academies-minister-questions-moral-purpose-of-single-school-heads/

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Multi-academy trust expansion: Gavin Williamson’s plans for academies

The wholesale academisation of schools and the transfer of public assets into private hands has always been at the centre of this government’s ideological agenda.

It’s how we all respond that counts.

https://www.tes.com/news/all-schools-be-academies-what-teachers-need-know

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Give Us Back Our Schools campaign launch

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Major MATs edtech demonstrator contract exposes potential governance pitfall

The government insists it has a “robust governance process” for its edtech demonstrator scheme after the selection of a major academy trust to deliver its second phase prompted conflict of interest warnings.

Schools Week revealed this week that United Learning, England’s largest academy chain, had been awarded an £850,000 contract to run the next year of the programme.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/major-mats-edtech-demonstrator-contract-exposes-potential-governance-pitfall/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&s=09

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The emerging ‘super league’ of academy trust CEO pay

The country’s best-paid academy chiefs are pulling even further ahead from the rest, with warnings of a “super league” emerging among leaders.

But a Department for Education data collection gaffe means its supposed crackdown on chief executive pay has been halted for the past 18 months.

Schools Week’s annual CEO pay investigation can also reveal 25 leaders secured rises of £15,000 or more, with 29 now earning at least £200,000. But some trusts introduced caps, and one slashed more than £100,000 from its leader’s salary.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/the-emerging-super-league-of-academy-trust-ceo-pay/

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