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SchoolsCompany: Former bosses of scandal-hit academy trust sued over missing millions

A scandal-hit academy trust is suing former trustees to recover up to £2.8 million of “lost public funds”. Experts...

Tom Belger
News

New academy rules put trust autonomy at risk, say sector leaders

Sector leaders are warning the new academy trust handbook could undermine board autonomy , and demanding the government confirm...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Chairs of governors at odds with boards over workload

The organisation that represents school governors has warned of a “disconnect” on workload between chairs and their boards. A...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Widen eligibility criteria for NLGs and pay them, says government advisory group

The government should widen the eligibility criteria for national leaders of governance to include clerks and other non-chairs, and...

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
News

Coronavirus: School governors told to meet over Skype

School governors should adopt “alternative arrangements” for their meetings now that non-essential gatherings are banned, the government has said....

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
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
News

Make ministers sign off top academy CEO pay, say governors

The academies sector should consider adopting an NHS-style pay system where government approval is needed to award high salaries...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
News

Governors ‘must have mandatory pre-appointment training’

Governors should be required to have “pre-appointment training” before they sit on school boards, paid for by the government,...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
Opinion

Schools need more protection against vexatious complaints

There may not be many of them, but one or two unreasonable parents can make running a school very...

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