Extent of academy secrecy revealed as DfE publishes only 3% of papers

The Tes reports that online register of interests for key academy decision makers was almost a year out of date.

The extent of the secrecy surrounding decisions about academies has been laid bare by a Tes analysis highlighting the volume of information kept from the public.

Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, said: “It’s obviously an area where the [Department for Education] does not want great scrutiny.

In making the redactions, the DfE relied on rules designed to protect commercial interests and personal information, and avoid “prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs”.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, described the minutes as “skimpy”.

A DfE spokesman said: “All decisions made by headteacher boards are subject to rigorous oversight and analysis. A significant amount of information is published online and redactions to the minutes of meetings are made in accordance with government guidelines in order to protect commercially sensitive information.”

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