• Former academies minister faces accusation of cronyism

    Former academies minister Lord Nash has been accused of “threatening to allow” an academy trust to “become financially unviable” unless it appointed his former business associate as chair. Steve Munby, former chief executive of CfBT Schools Trust, which sponsors CST Academy Trust, has revealed the tale in his new book, accusing Nash of “abusing his

    17.00 Jun. 14th, 2019 | News

  • 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 allowed to expand without having to update its arrangements. Newly published accounts for Future Academies, founded by Lord Nash, show a majority of the trust’s members are also trustees. One governance expert said this level of

    5.00 Jan. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Investigation: DfE 'hid' damaging Lord Nash academy cost emails

    The Department for Education has attempted to hide internal emails showing Lord Nash’s intention to massage the presentation of figures that reveal the spiralling costs of rebrokering academies. The investigation reveals potentially damaging revelations about the academies minister – a well-known Conservative party donor – that the government tried to “suppress”, just weeks before the

    5.00 May. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Durand chief makes blistering attack on senior government officials

    An under-fire academy chief has launched a blistering attack on the government, previously unpublished letters have revealed. The Durand Academy Trust last night published a series of letters on its website that its chair of governors Sir Greg Martin sent to the government, including former prime minister David Cameron, as part of a long-running funding

    12.29 Oct. 18th, 2016 | News

  • Durand Academy Trust funding to be terminated

    The government has announced it will proceed with the termination of Durand Academy Trust’s funding agreement after the chain refused to sever ties with its controversial former highly paid executive headteacher. The Education Funding Agency has issued Durand with a notice of intention to terminate its agreement, claiming the trust has failed to comply with six of eight

    11.19 Oct. 11th, 2016 | News