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,

including two areas directly involving financial gain:

  • Connected (or related) party transactions (e.g. where an individual on the board of a Trust benefits personally or via their companies); and
  • The provision of paid for services (e.g. where the sponsor supplies a school improvement curriculum or back office service to a trust under a license that prevents the Trust from changing supplier)

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