• Ex-minister's academy trust ignores governance guidelines

    A former academies minister’s trust is failing to meet government guidelines over good governance – and has seemingly been allowed to expand without having to update its arrangements. Newly published accounts for Future Academies, founded by Lord Nash, show a majority of the trust’s members are also trustees. One governance expert said this level of

    5.00 Jan. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Plymouth CAST receives financial notice to improve

    One of England’s largest academy chains has been issued with a financial notice to improve by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Plymouth CAST, an academy trust that runs 35 schools, has had its spending powers restricted and been ordered to address “weak financial management and inadequate governance”. The trust, which is one of the government’s

    15.11 Sep. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Bright Tribe investigation reveals chain breached rules - but will not face notice to improve

    An investigation into a “top-performing” academy trust given government cash to drive up standards in northern schools has revealed it breached rules over payments to trustees – but will escape a financial notice to improve. A long-awaited investigation into the Bright Tribe trust, and another trust also founded by sponsor venture capitalist Michael Dwan, called

    17.56 Nov. 9th, 2016 | News