Academies

Best-paid trust CEOs’ wages rise fastest, but some rein in pay

The highest-paid have seen bigger pay rises than the rest, with some academy trusts reining in pay even as...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Schools white paper

Free school charity: All-MAT sector would mean ‘death’ of innovation

Ministers' favoured institutions won't be replicated if white paper scraps standalone academies, charity warns

Freddie Whittaker
Freddie Whittaker
Academies

DfE ‘pauses’ diocese academy drive after legal challenge

Unions have challenged the DfE's decision to approve Catholic Diocese of Hallam conversions before governing bodies had voted

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

Government vetoes more academy deals with linked firms

108 academy trust 'related party transactions' were blocked in 2020-21, more than twice the previous year's figures

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

ESFA probes trust forced to up top-slice after overspend

Documents suggest the Oval trust 'set a deficit budget, miscalculated income...and overspent', while a new board came in after...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Academies

New alliance to stop schools being swept under MAT

Experts said the new West Kent Single Academy Trust Alliance showed there were 'other models' to the government's preferred...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

RSC adviser roles thrown open to CEOs, with elections set for September

Academy trust chief executives without headship experience can now serve as advisors to regional schools commissioners, the government has...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Academy transfers fall to four-year low during pandemic

 The government has spent £38.8 million moving academies between trusts since 2014, official figures show, but transfers fell to...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger