One of Dwan’s more lucrative deals has been a 2004 PFI project to deliver a new building for Parklands School, in Speke, one of the poorer parts of Liverpool. To Liverpool city council’s consternation, the deal still continues to replenish the coffers of a company, Education Solutions Speke, of which Dwan is a director and has a significant shareholding, even though the last pupils left in 2014 when the school closed down as a result of desperately poor academic results. In 2015-16 alone the taxpayer will pick up a bill for £1.36m in interest payments on Parklands. By April 2028, it will have cost taxpayers near to £90m. The complex – Parklands includes a public library, leisure centre and other council facilities – cost only £22m to build. … [Read more...] about Are England’s academies becoming a cash cow for business?
Hodge said: “It feels just wrong that individuals sitting on the board of the Durand Academy Trust could set up such a complex web of organisations and companies some of which are selling goods and services to the academy. It’s not at all clear if individuals within the trust were improperly benefiting from these companies.” … [Read more...] about Nearly half of academy trusts paid millions to ‘dubious’ contacts
Eric Fairchild, chair of the school’s local governing body, said that on at least two occasions the governors had asked if its surpluses were being used to shore up the trust’s accounts. They were reassured that their money was ring-fenced and safe. “I believe that it is grossly immoral that our surplus funds are being effectively taken away from the children of our school who, in very many cases, are very deprived,” said Fairchild. … [Read more...] about Collapsing academy trust ‘asset-stripped its schools of millions’
It had been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted in April 2016, but was judged to be "good" in July 2019, with inspectors noting the "high expectations of behaviour" contribute to "a calm, purposeful learning environment". … [Read more...] about Great Yarmouth Charter Academy Head Barry Smith to step down
If you slouch, interrupt, talk, pick up your pen or open a book before you receive the signal, if you turn around, if you nudge your friend, if you make eye contact with your friend, if you look anywhere apart from at your teacher, the board or your work - you will be punished. You never get out of your chair without permission at Charter. In corridors, we walk in single file on the left. No bags on our backs. No turning round. At Charter you listen to every single word your teacher says very, very carefully. You don't pick up your pen or your ruler, or anything else, until your teacher gives you the signal. Teachers never leave lesson to go to the toilet. You need to be professional too. Parent Steven Holmes said his daughter came home in tears at the end of her first day in year seven saying she had been shouted at all day. … [Read more...] about Great Yarmouth parents slam strict rules at failing academy