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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
News

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
News

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
News

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
News

‘Systematic failure’ lifts academy trust’s deficit to £2.4m

An academy trust in charge of schools for excluded and vulnerable pupils unknowingly racked up a £2.4 million deficit...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Six-figure settlement by academy trust angers union

A teaching union wants the government to investigate a possible waste of public funds after an academy trust paid...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
News

‘This is about social mobility’: Academy trust boss defends exclusions record

The boss of an academy trust under the spotlight for high rates of temporary exclusions has insisted strict behaviour...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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...

John Dickens
John Dickens
Opinion

What is the role of local governing bodies in MATs?

There can be confusion about the roles of the various governing bodies in academy trusts. Sam Henson is on...

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