• 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 a trip to the other side of the world for senior leaders that cost almost twice as much as the going rate. The trust, which runs four primary schools in Walthamstow, Chingford and Redbridge, was visited

    16.27 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Government to rebroker Manchester free schools founded by charity boss

    Two free schools in Greater Manchester will be re-brokered to new multi-academy trusts after one was placed into special measures on its first inspection and the second given a financial notice to improve. The Collective Spirit free school in Oldham, which opened in September 2013, received an Ofsted judgement of “inadequate” in all categories in

    15.29 Jan. 31st, 2017 | News

  • Bright Tribe investigation reveals chain breached rules - but will not face notice to improve

    An investigation into a “top-performing” academy trust given government cash to drive up standards in northern schools has revealed it breached rules over payments to trustees – but will escape a financial notice to improve. A long-awaited investigation into the Bright Tribe trust, and another trust also founded by sponsor venture capitalist Michael Dwan, called

    17.56 Nov. 9th, 2016 | News