The BBC is reporting that an education watchdog delayed publication of a critical report into a flagship academy trust once praised by David Cameron.
The Education Funding Agency (EFA) gave Perry Beeches The Academy Trust 24 hours’ notice of its report on “weakness in financial management”. But the trust’s request for a “grace period” was granted – and publication delayed by a further two days.
Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the trust should not have asked for what he called an “irregular, special dispensation”.
“The consequence of asking for a delay is very damaging to the trust’s own credibility and the consequence of it being agreed to, will damage public confidence in the academy programme.” Mr McGovern said.
Paul Wheeler, the trust’s current acting chief executive officer, said: “The request to delay publication…was to provide the trust time to inform its staff and all stakeholders.”
He said the PR firm was a “sensible precaution” to “deal with the inevitable press interest”.
Do you think they were wrong to ask for a delay in the publication of the report? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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