Opinion

So you want to join an academy trust? Make sure you ask these 7 questions first

Many schools will be thinking about joining a trust or federation. This is probably a sensible response to rising...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

Year in review: a governor’s perspective on 2015

Governors have been in the headlines this year. Compulsory training, paid chairs and vice-chairs, and no more stakeholders have all been...

Naureen Khalid
Naureen Khalid
Opinion

You don’t need to be paid to do a professional job

Sir Michael Wilshaw is right: governors need professional development. But he’s wrong about the money. It would be a...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

£850k on academy trusts with no schools? It’s a problem. But let’s not start a mass hysteria

On Wednesday, more than 40 pupils were treated for sickness and feeling faint at a school in Ripon, North...

Nicky Phillips
Nicky Phillips
Opinion

How to understand your academy’s finances

It can be daunting, but academy trustees are legally bound to understand the financial position of their school. Read on ....

Phil Reynolds
Phil Reynolds
Opinion

Key questions for multi-academy trust boards

About one in five state funded schools in England is now an academy, and more than half of those...

Emma Knights
Emma Knights
Opinion

PAC Round-Up: What happened in today’s scrutiny of Durand Academy and related businesses

Sir Greg Martin, head of Durand Academy, today faced questions from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over the work...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Opinion

It’s not unusual… to have conflicts

Properly managing conflicts of interest and related party transactions is an essential part of the proper management of a...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

Federations should not be swept under the MAT

Multi-academy trusts are on everybody’s lips, but don’t dismiss the federation option In an era of increasing school autonomy...

Emma Knights
Emma Knights