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WCAT broke funding rules a year before its collapse, DfE review finds

The doomed Wakefield City Academy Trust broke government funding rules 16 times in 2016, according to a review of...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Trust failed to deduct tax from £145k payments to CEO’s company

An academy trust boss has stepped down after a government investigation found payments totalling £145,006 were made to a...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Be ready to challenge ‘inappropriate’ use of money, academy chiefs told

Academy leaders must be prepared to call out inappropriate behaviour within their organisations, especially if it involves public money,...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

London secondary school hit with financial notice to improve over failure to balance budget

A secondary school in Richmond upon Thames has been handed a financial notice to improve by the Education and...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

‘Inadequate’ academy faces termination of funding over standards

An academy in Central Bedfordshire faces having its funding withdrawn and being rebrokered to a new sponsor after it...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Financial warning for the academy trust that sent leaders to New Zealand

An academy trust that spent over £12,000 on a trip abroad for two of its leaders has been handed...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
Opinion

Booze and backroom deals are under the accounting spotlight

The ESFA’s annual academies accounts direction document is usually fairly dry, but this year there are few more important...

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Academy trust bosses’ New Zealand trip questioned by the ESFA

A review of financial management and governance at the London-based Silver Birch Academy Trust has revealed serious failings, including...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

Troubled UCAT trust to shed four schools after finances warning

Four schools run by the troubled University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) will be rebrokered to new sponsors following...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson