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Perry Beeches: second investigation reveals trust breached rules over Labour donation

An academy trust already under-fire over related party transactions broke the rules when it made a political donation and...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Academy ‘tipping point’ is 5 years away, says minister …. and 4 other things we learned at today’s education select committee

The academies minister Lord Nash and Education Funding Agency chief executive Peter Lauener took questions on academy trusts from...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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11 academy trusts now have more than 30 schools and are labelled ‘system leaders’

There are now 11 ‘system leader’ academy chains in England, but almost a third of academies are still operating...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Academy sponsored by ‘top-performing’ Bright Tribe ‘placed in special measures’

An academy run by a trust given extra government funding after being lauded by ministers has been put in...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Ridings Federation of Academies issued with financial notice to improve over potential ‘£1 million deficit’

A trust in charge of two academies has been issued with a financial notice to improve – and the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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Plymouth Cast trust criticised over leadership and safeguarding failings

A trust that qualified to be a “system leader” under government plans to rank academy chains has been criticised...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Try before you buy: the new way for multi-academy trusts to takeover schools

Academy trusts are taking struggling schools on loan for a year as part of a “try before you buy”...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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The 8 most important findings from the government’s new-look academies report

The Education Committee has today published a “dry run” of how the Department for Education plans to report finances...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Academy trusts wanting cash to grow ‘rejected’ by DfE

Cash handouts to help academy trusts expand are not reaching all the chains that want them, says a senior...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker