• Over 90% of investigations into academy finances are a result of whistleblowers

    Almost every investigation into academy trusts by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) over the past four years has been prompted by a whistleblower. Fourteen of 15 published investigation reports into trusts since 2013 were launched because of the flagging up of financial irregularity or fraud, a Freedom of Information response has revealed. Unions have

    5.00 Jul. 10th, 2017 | News

  • How to consult effectively when applying for school planning permission

    Consultation is never a silver bullet to securing planning permission, but it is necessary and de-risks the process, says Louise Page-Jennings. The government’s ambitious target to build 500 new schools by 2020 is leaving many communities stuck between the need to provide much-needed school places and finding the right location to do so. To find

    5.00 Feb. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • EFA paid £16m for £5m Hackney free school site

    The government paid £16 million for a free school site that was later valued by the council as worth £5.3 million. The Education Funding Agency bought a former fire station in Hackney, north London, to house a new primary for 350 pupils run by the Hackney New School, based next door. It is believed the

    5.00 Jan. 30th, 2017 | News

  • Empty free schools owe government £11m

    The government needs to claw back £11 million from more than 100 free schools after they failed to recruit expected numbers of pupils. New free schools are initially funded on anticipated numbers for the upcoming year. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) then reviews how many are on roll at the end of that year and

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2016 | News

  • 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 paid a company owned by a relative of a director for consultancy services, an Education Funding Agency investigation has revealed. A second inquiry into the Perry Beeches academy trust, which runs five schools in Birmingham, has

    16.44 Dec. 1st, 2016 | News

  • Durand: We will fight any slur on Sir Greg Martin's good name

    An academy trust set to have its funding axed by the government has hit back – blasting department officials for “waging a campaign” against the school, and has vowed to fight any “slur” on the trust or its staff. The Education Funding Agency issued Durand Academy Trust with a notice of intention to terminate its

    10.32 Oct. 12th, 2016 | News