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After the storm: Who clears up when academy trusts collapse?

“I went through a calendar with someone in the first week and said: ‘I can see there is a...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Academy trust loses spending records after finance system switch

An academy trust appears to have lost access to financial data from longer than two years ago after changing...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Former academies minister faces accusation of cronyism

Former academies minister Lord Nash has been accused of “threatening to allow” an academy trust to “become financially unviable”...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Academy trust raids £7.7m reserves to resist cuts

An academy trust has set aside half of its reserves to prop up its budget rather than make cuts...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Investigation: The highs (and occasional lows) of academy CEO pay

Nearly half of the academy trusts ordered by the government to justify high salaries paid their chief executives more...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Kerching! The academy trusts raising millions through fundraising

Academy trusts are raising millions of pounds through fundraising, with one trust posting “record” levels of parental donations. Sector...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Academy trust criticised for taking on debt-ridden schools

An academy trust urged to expand by its regional schools commissioner was later rapped by the government for taking...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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DfE shells out £27m to prop up struggling academies

The government handed out nearly £4.5 million to prop up cash-strapped academies run by the failed Schools Company Trust...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
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Trust hopes PGCE ‘franchise’ will boost Russell Group grad recruitment

A trust is in talks to “franchise” a university’s PGCE programme, allowing it to dodge UCAS recruitment and target...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg