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DRB Ignite MAT have been naughty

Discussion in 'Education news' started by harsh-but-fair, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    A financial notice to improve issued to DRB Ignite Multi Academy Trust by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

    The Trust has entered into contracts totalling £439k to date with related parties. The contracts with the related parties did not comply with the “at cost” requirements of the AFH as they did not contain the statement of at “cost assurance” and did not meet the open book requirement AFH 3.2.14
     no formal procurement process was undertaken for central MAT expenditure including the RPT’s, this breaches Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) tendering requirements and AFH 3.1.3 and AFH 3.2.14
     there is inadequate separation between the trust and the limited company DRB Ignite Limited  the AO and other members of the trust’s SMT are not on payroll as required by the AFH 3.1.22
     the Trustees and SMT lack the skills required by the AFH 1.5.14
     the Trust’s internal audit function is completed by DRB group which is not independent as required by the AFH 2.2.4 and AFH 2.3.


    Further details available in the current issue of Private Eye
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  2. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

  3. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Lead commenter

    Richard Martin, trust chair, added: “We are fully focused on ensuring governance and financial processes are fully compliant with all the recommendations made in the report, we aim to complete this process by the end of August when will report back to the ESFA.”

    Errr ... If they'd been fully focused on being fully compliant, none of this would have happened. I think Mr Martin should be fully focused on considering his position.
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  4. install

    install Star commenter

    Time for accountability and teachers at the top who teach....:cool:
  5. MrMedia

    MrMedia Lead commenter

    Perhaps the Labour Party should say that if they attain power:

    They will order a retrospective review of all financial dealings with a view to criminal prosecutions where governance guidelines were not followed.

    Something like the MP's expenses investigation.
    sally90 and install like this.
  6. install

    install Star commenter

    Yes - all hts/ ceos / senior management teams/ consultants / Ofsted Inspectors / Exec Heads / and all schools, academies and trusts must reveal all earnings and all jobs that they do....along with their expenses :cool:

    There are bound to be more. ..

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