• Over 90% of investigations into academy finances are a result of whistleblowers

    Almost every investigation into academy trusts by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) over the past four years has been prompted by a whistleblower. Fourteen of 15 published investigation reports into trusts since 2013 were launched because of the flagging up of financial irregularity or fraud, a Freedom of Information response has revealed. Unions have

    5.00 Jul. 10th, 2017 | News

  • A third of academy trusts paid businesses linked to their staff, and 7 other school finance findings

    The education select committee has quizzed senior civil servants as part of their latest hearing into academy finances. Schools Week has rounded up the key findings.   1. More than one in three academy trusts have declared related-party transactions Education Funding Agency boss Peter Lauener said that last year 1,055 of the 2,905 academy trusts

    14.28 Oct. 25th, 2016 | 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    An under-fire academy chief has launched a blistering attack on the government, previously unpublished letters have revealed.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