• DfE didn’t look into failed UTC’s finances

    The government chose not to investigate when auditors were unable to properly scrutinise the finances of a failed university technical college. Accounts for the Greater Manchester UTC for 2016-17, published last month after missing the deadline by more than a year, reveal auditors gave a rare “disclaimer of opinion” on the state of the UTC’s

    11.00 Apr. 26th, 2019 | News

  • It's a Dwan deal: Trust founder's brother gets rent-free premises for nursery

    A failed academy trust gave the brother of its founder rent-free premises for ten years to run a private nursery on the site of one its schools. The Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT), the sister-trust of the crisis-hit Bright Tribe Trust, signed a deal to let a nursery company owned by Andrew Dwan, brother of

    5.00 Nov. 30th, 2018 | 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