John Dickens

  • DfE slammed for 48-hour 'fire sale' of troubled Durand academy

    An academy trust was given just 48-hours to decide if it wanted to take on a troubled school, it has emerged. David Boyle, the head of Dunraven Educational Trust told a public accounts committee hearing today his trust was given just two days to decide if it wanted to take over the Durand Academy, now

    18.25 Nov. 19th, 2018 | News

  • AET to give up two more schools after minister demands change

    The country’s largest academy trust is to give up two more academies – despite recently being given the green light to take on more schools again. The Academies Enterprise Trust announced today it has agreed with the Department for Education to give up two of its schools – Felixstowe Academy and Langer Primary. AET has

    16.23 Nov. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Private firm took 8% fee for superhead’s second salary

    The firm that was paid £1.3 million to provide services to Perry Beeches Academy Trust took an 8 per cent management fee to pay the trust’s chief executive a second salary. Liam Nolan was banned from teaching this week over his role in the trust paying the £1.3 million to Nexus Schools without a contract

    7.00 Nov. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Academies annual accounts 2017: 9 things we've learned

    The government has today published its annual academies report, covering the 2016-17 year. The report relates to the 2016-17 year, and gives an overview of the finances of England’s academies.   1. Slight rise in trusts paying staff over £100k The accounts show the number of trusts paying at least one person over £100,000 has

    18.47 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • More than 80 academy trusts named for submitting spending data late

    More than 80 academy trusts that submitted financial information late have today been named by the government as part of its latest academies transparency drive. A government release published today revealed that 97 per cent of trusts submitted financial returns to the government on time for the 2017-18 academic year. However 88 trusts – three per

    12.44 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Former Perry Beeches 'superhead' Liam Nolan banned from teaching

    The former “superhead” of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust has been banned from teaching. Liam Nolan was found guilty of misconduct last month after appearing before a Teacher Regulation Agency. A government investigation previously found the trust had paid almost £1.3 million to a private firm – Nexus Schools – without a contract or adequate

    14.56 Nov. 5th, 2018 | News

  • The four biggest issues with academies, according to Sir David Carter

    Former national schools commissioner Sir David Carter tells editor John Dickens his biggest regret in government, insists he didn’t lose the battle for education with Ofsted, and admits academy autonomy is waning.   The four academy issues that need tackling NOW Sir David Carter said the system needs to improve in four areas “right now”,

    7.00 Nov. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Rescue schools tied to 'toxic' PFI contracts, Hammond told

    The government will no longer use private financial initiatives (PFI) to fund future school-building projects – but is facing criticism for failing to help those schools still tied into “toxic” contracts. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Monday the government won’t sign off any new PFI deals, claiming the model was “inflexible and overly complex”. It

    7.00 Nov. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Send annual reports to better engage with parents, Carter tells academy trusts

    The former national schools commissioner has urged academy trusts to send out “annual reports” to parents, admitting their engagement with local communities is an area of “real uncertainty”. Sir David Carter, in a wide-ranging interview with Schools Week, said trusts should look at producing an annual report for parents, which he likened to the report

    7.00 Nov. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual wants stronger rules on SATs oversight amid cheating reports

    The exams regulator wants rules around oversight of key stage 2 tests to be beefed up following reports of cheating. Ofqual has written to the Standards Testing Agency, responsible for developing and delivering statutory assessments, to “suggest” the body strengthens its current guidance over SATs. The STA currently recommends schools “should” arrange for key stage

    12.14 Oct. 25th, 2018 | News

  • John Tomsett accused of 'abusing position of trust that is sacrosanct'

    Headteacher John Tomsett has been accused of crossing a line and abusing a “position of trust that is sacrosanct” after having a sexual relationship with a former A-level student. Tomsett, headteacher of Huntington School, in York, is appearing before a Teacher Regulation Agency conduct hearing this week. He admits having a sexual relationship with a

    20.17 Oct. 24th, 2018 | News