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
News

DfE blocks MAT’s bid to take shares in outsourcing firm

An outsourcing firm has urged the government not to be “hung up on fear of the different” after officials...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

DfE raids existing budgets for a third of £4.3bn Covid spending

Almost a third of the Department for Education’s extra Covid spending will be taken from existing budgets or underspends...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

Councils in deficit told to find SEND savings in exchange for £100m bailouts

Five councils have been told to cut special needs and disabilities (SEND) spending and reform services in exchange for...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
Opinion

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...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg
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...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg