• DfE let two free schools rack up £2 million debts over pupil numbers

    Two free schools racked up almost £2 million in debt after the Department for Education repeatedly allowed them to over-predict pupil numbers for three years without any plan for dealing with the deficits. Perry Beeches III, part of the now-defunct Perry Beeches Trust in Birmingham, and Robert Owen Academy, a vocational free school in Hereford,

    12.07 Jan. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The free school 'advisors' worth £100 million

    The government has spent almost £100 million on advice for free school projects over the past three years, according to documents obtained by Schools Week which reveal for the first time the huge, hidden costs of the programme. The figures, provided by the Department for Education in response to our Freedom of Information requests, show

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2017 | News

  • How and when money matters in education

    We shouldn’t just throw money at the system, says Luke Sibieta; we have to use it smartly. School funding was a source of much controversy during the recent general election campaign, and the Department for Education changed its spending plans soon afterwards, to enable a freeze in school spending per pupil in England between 2017

    19.00 Oct. 11th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Parents 'must pay' for sports teams at Kent school

    A Kent headteacher has told parents they will need to pay for their child to be part of the school’s sports team due to budget cuts. Lee Hunter, head at Sir Roger Manwood’s School in Sandwich (pictured), wrote to parents to say the school had lost almost £700 funding per pupil over the past five

    5.00 Apr. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Burgers and weddings: how schools are making money in tight times

    Some schools are generating tens of thousands of pounds a year by renting out wedding spaces, hiring out food vans and opening shops. In an effort to make up funding shortfalls, ventures such as revamping a van to sell burgers and gaining a licence to host weddings have raked in up to £40,000 extra a

    5.00 Mar. 26th, 2017 | News

  • How did schools come to talk like business?

    Headteachers and leaders of academy trusts should be paid well, says Anita Kerwin-Nye. Just don’t justify their high salaries with the language of the corporate boardroom I have written before for Schools Week about the importance of language influencing practice, particularly in inclusion. Perhaps it is now time to consider how easily we have adopted

    14.40 Mar. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Schools cannot make any more cuts

    Reduced budgets have already had devastating consequences in East Sussex, says Liam Collins. “If there are more things that we can do to save, then it is the equivalent of deckchair moving on the Titanic,” he says The government’s decision to protect school funding only in flat cash terms per pupil leaves schools facing a

    5.00 Mar. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Wealthy academy sponsors safeguard school trips amid funding squeeze

    Donations from wealthy sponsors are helping academy trusts to safeguard school trips, breakfast clubs and sports competitions as other schools are forced to axe provision as the funding squeeze bites. Ark Schools tops the table with its hedge fund sponsors handing over £6.2 million last year, an average of more than £150,000 for each of

    5.00 Mar. 6th, 2017 | News

  • Two for-profit sponsors back out of academy market

    Two academy trusts set up by for-profit providers that have made millions running schools across the globe have ended their sponsorship of English academies. The Erudition Schools Trust is in liquidation after its three schools in the Midlands were rebrokered to new trusts last year. Erudition was sponsored by K12, a firm founded by a

    5.00 Feb. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Booming academy transfer market pushes costs to potential £30m

    More than 100 schools are now rebrokered every year as the booming academy transfer market pushes costs to a potential £30 million. Figures obtained by Schools Week have revealed 235 academies were handed to new trusts in the past two calendar years, up from just 26 in 2014. Rebrokering costs are not routinely published, but

    5.00 Feb. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Top DfE civil servant blames poor communication for an accounting blunder

    The Department for Education’s top civil servant has admitted that better communication could have solved an administrative error that led to it being the only department hauled in front of MPs over poor accounting. Jonathan Slater (pictured), the DfE’s permanent secretary, told the House of Commons public accounts committee on Wednesday that the need for

    5.00 Feb. 5th, 2017 | News