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‘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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SAM HENSON
News

Alternative provision academy trusts keen to open secure schools

Academy chains that cater for excluded pupils are keen to open new secure schools for young offenders, but the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

Mind the gap: The best and worst gender-based pay at multi-academy trusts

In 2017, the government passed a law forcing every organisation with 250 or more employees to publish specific figures...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Investigation: The ups and downs of academy CEO pay

Our annual analysis of chief executive pay in the largest academy chains once again reveals huge variations, including between...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
News

New academy trust pledges not to hire unqualified teachers

A new sixth form-led academy chain has announced it will only hire qualified or trainee teachers in a bid...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker