News

DfE army of cost-cutters extended after visiting 1,000 schools

The government's school resource management adviser (SRMA) programme will run until 2024.

Tom Belger
News

School playing field sales hit 3-year high as Johnson pledges £50m football pitch investment

Sales of school playing fields hit a three-year high last year, it has emerged, on the same day Boris...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Downsizing trust ‘failed to balance books quickly enough’

The Department for Education has slapped strict spending controls on an academy trust accused of failing to balance its...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Education Reform

Fair funding reforms won’t be fully rolled out for at least 3 years

Government reforms to make school funding fairer will now not be fully implemented for at least another three years....

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

DfE blocks MAT’s bid to take shares in outsourcing firm

An outsourcing firm has urged the government not to be “hung up on fear of the different” after officials...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
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
Opinion

Why the DfE’s plan to spend £2.3m on cost-cutting consultants is a great deal for schools

My twitter timeline heated up a bit last night when I saw quite a lot of negativity to the...

Alix Robertson
MICON METCALFE
News

Academy trust deficits rise but reserves grow for many

The proportion of academy trusts reporting a financial deficit rose to 6.1 per cent in 2016-17 from 5.5 per cent...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
News

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