The Tes reports that revealing the identities of the trusts could place ‘undue pressure’ on them, the department claims. But one union says academies need proper accountability over taxpayers’ money
Last month the department’s Education and Skills Funding Agency wrote to 29 standalone academy trusts that have paid leaders such salaries. Of those trusts, 13 were “at risk of financial difficulties” and were asked to explain their “rationale”.
However, the DfE refused to name any of the trusts concerned.
Now, in a response to a Freedom of Information request by Tes, the ESFA has listed all 29 trusts. But it has declined to specify which of them are the 13 that paid high salaries while facing financial problems, angering a teaching union which is calling for more accountability over the spending of public money.
But National Education Union joint general secretary Mary Bousted said the trusts should be named.
She told Tes: “Academies don’t need a safe space, they need proper accountability. Schools don’t get a safe space when they’re in danger of getting a bad Ofsted judgement.
“This is public money and it’s taxpayers’ money. If there are academy trusts at risk of financial difficulty, we need to know who they are as, not only does that have implications for the pupils, it has an impact on staff.”
Read more and see the list of academies DfE refuses to name financially troubled academies paying high salaries, because they need a ‘safe space’
Should this be available to the public or do they need a ‘safe space’? Please tell us your thoughts in comments ~ Tamsin
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