• DfE doesn't check whether academy leaders are 'fit and proper'

    Academy trustees and senior leaders are not being properly vetted for their suitability to run schools, the government’s spending watchdog has warned. Labour MP Meg Hillier, the chair of the powerful public accounts committee said she was “concerned” by the latest report from the National Audit Office, which found that people taking senior jobs at

    0.02 Feb. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • National Audit Office academies report: The key findings

    The system used by the government to convert local authority-maintained schools into academies is under National Audit Office scrutiny. The government spending watchdog has published a report looking at the progress of the academies programme, in the context of recent moves to increase the number of academies across England. In the March 2016 white paper

    0.01 Feb. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Public accounts committee chair slams 'exorbitantly expensive' PFI contracts

    The chair of the parliamentary public accounts committee Meg Hillier has spoken out against costly private finance initiative contracts and warned that the scheme’s relaunch as PF2 is little more than a rebrand. “Many local bodies are now shackled to inflexible PFI contracts that are exorbitantly expensive to change,” she said, reflecting the situation faced

    0.01 Jan. 18th, 2018 | News

  • NAO capital funding report: £6.7bn needed to rebuild crumbling schools, and 8 other key findings

    The National Audit Office today published its report into capital funding for schools. We have the nine key findings.   1. The school places increase is being met so far – but cracks are showing Demand for school places is continuing to grow. The government says primary place demand will rise by another 220,000 by

    0.01 Feb. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • NAO school finances report: Headteachers face £3 BILLION in cuts, and 10 other key findings

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its report into school finances today. Schools Week has the key findings: (You can read our news story here) 1. Schools will have to cut £3 BILLION to meet cost pressures at worst level ‘since mid-1990s’ The NAO highlights that school budgets are being squeezed by pay rises,

    0.01 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News

  • DfE must 'get its act together' on school finances after spending watchdog condemns lack of leadership

    The National Audit Office (NAO) has delivered a scathing verdict on the Department for Education’s (DfE) lack of leadership on school finances as deficits continue to balloon. The public spending watchdog, which has analysed evidence over the past eight months, criticised the DfE for requesting budget cuts from schools while “not knowing” why deficits are

    0.01 Dec. 14th, 2016 | News