• Former RSC on board of trust rapped in government probe

    An academy trust rapped over a contract its chief executive awarded to an online mental health company where she also served as a director lists a former regional schools commissioner on its board. An Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) investigation found weak procurement controls and “a lack of probity in spending public funds” at

    5.00 Nov. 21st, 2020 | News

  • Church schools hit by related-party transaction rules

    Trusts with church schools face having to disclose minor transactions such as lending minibuses to each other under new government rules. From next month, trusts will have to declare to the Education and Skills Funding Agency all payments they make to related parties in advance, with payments exceeding £20,000 needing government approval. Some trusts have

    7.00 Mar. 1st, 2019 | News

  • Academy trust boss defends £1.5m in consultancy payments to family firm

    An academy trust chief executive whose family business made almost £1.5 million in consultancy fees in two years has defended the deal, claiming it has been “instrumental” in improving schools. Janet Marshall, the founder and chief executive of the EMLC Academies Trust, which runs seven schools, is also director and a shareholder of Third Wave

    17.31 Jan. 16th, 2018 | 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