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Unify roles of regional schools commissioners and councils, says report

The responsibilities of local authorities and regional schools commissioners (RSCs) should be unified under a single governance structure for...

James Carr
James Carr
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Ministers urged to rule on governance board conflict issue as trustees resign in protest

Governance experts have warned against a “fundamental conflict of interest” of school leaders also being trustees after all the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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MAT to lose its four schools after ‘breakdown of trust’ among local governors

An academy trust will lose its four schools following a “breakdown in trust” between its central operation and local...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Boosting finances a main driver for half of trusts that expand

Around half of academy trusts say boosting their finances is one of the main drivers to take on more...

James Carr
James Carr
Opinion

Removing parent governors will be seen as power grab to stifle dissent

Three years ago the then education secretary Justine Greening announced she was dropping her predecessor’s proposal to remove the...

John Dickens
EMMA KNIGHTS
Opinion

4 key questions to progress the MAT governance debate

The ongoing rhetoric of an emerging and evolving MAT system has been a popular one. In the National Governance...

John Dickens
SAM HENSON
News

MAT chairs work more than double recommended hours, study finds

Chairs of trustees work the equivalent of a fifth of a full-time job running academy trusts, a new study...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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Ex-minister’s academy trust ignores governance guidelines

A former academies minister’s trust is failing to meet government guidelines over good governance – and has seemingly been...

John Dickens
John Dickens
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Academy trust rapped over boss’ £23,000 ex-gratia fee

A government investigation has uncovered a swathe of financial and governance failings at a single academy trust – including...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson