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MPs criticise lax oversight of £1.2bn higher education expansion

A report from the House of Commons Public Accounts Select Committee says that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pressed ahead with a four-year expansion of private HE colleges without a robust legislative framework to protect public money and

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Failed free school projects could have cost country ‘up to £4 million’

The Department for Education claims £1.1million has been spent so far on failed free school projects, but according to analysis by the Labour Party it could be nearly four times that figure…. Read article from www.mirror.co.uk  

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How the coalition is privatising state education (Left Foot Forward blog)

This Left Foot Forward blog argues that, regardless of the future threat of for-profit schools, privatisation of English state schools is already underway and that this has been highlighted in the “the brilliant TUC-commissioned report Education not for Sale”……

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Academy chain accused of ‘privatisation by stealth’ over plan to outsource jobs

The largest academy chain in the country is seeking to outsource all non-teaching posts in its 77 schools, from librarians to caretakers, to a for-profit organisation within the next month…

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Parliamentary Select Committee research highlights conflicts of interest in academy sponsorship arrangements

New research commissioned by the House of Commons Education Select Committee has identified four broad areas where real or perceived conflicts of interest may occur for Academy Trusts under current arrangements,

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Secretary of State says government is open to for-profit schools

Extract from www.tes.co.uk Education secretary Nicky Morgan has refused to rule out the introduction of for-profit schools should the Conservatives win next year’s general election. Ms Morgan told an exclusive TES web-chat that the issue of allowing schools to be established by profit-making companies

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Public confidence in the education system at risk unless councils are given powers to keep a check on academies and free schools

Extract from www.local.gov.uk The Local Government Association has called on the government to give local authorities much greater powers to keep a check on academies and free schools.  Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said:

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MPs call into question the ability of government agency to tackle financial conflicts of interest in academies and free schools

Extract from www.parliament.uk In a new report, the Public Accounts Select Committee questions the role of the Education Funding Agency with regard to school funding. The Chair of the Committee said: “[The Agency] needs to do more to address potential conflicts

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Government watchdog should investigate private colleges’ potential misuse of £millions

Extract from www.theguardian.com The breakneck expansion of private colleges should be investigated by the government spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.  According to the Chair of the Public Accounts Select Committee, this is an urgent matter following shocking and serious

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MPs savage lack of proper oversight of how £1.1bn of public money has been spent

Extract from www.independent.co.uk Opening the new schools “at such speed” has led to risks, including a failure “to ensure public money is used properly”, even though £1.1bn has already been spent on them, say MPs on the cross-party Commons Public

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