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Executive Academy Head. Yet more problems?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Yoda-, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  2. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    I think that we should stand Nicky Morgan in front of that board and see how wide her eyes can get.
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  3. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    Wasn't he the one who was caught inflagrante in the bushes
    cissy3 and Yoda- like this.
  4. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  5. install

    install Star commenter

    Oh dear -Headteacher blames accounts....

    Its not too long ago that schools outside of authorities had Heads who did dodgy things with money because no one was watching.

    Who is watching these CEOs and Heads of Academies when it comes to money shifting????
  6. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    The link has already gone, but I watched it as it was televised.

    He wanted to 'get back to teaching' and not have to bother with accounts and business etc

    Fine sentiments indeed. (Not! Utter hogwash. He failed to get a third academy off the ground, and as his MAT aspirations went down the pan, this is the excuse he came up with)
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  7. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    And it gets worse.....

    'Superhead' condemned for extra salary payments admits his academy chain may be taken over
    EFA publishes damning findings on academy trust lauded by government
    A “superhead” accused of having a conflict of interest over payments of nearly £1.3m received from the academy chain he runs, has admitted a takeover may be on the cards.
    Liam Nolan is both executive headteacher and chief executive of the Perry Beeches Academy Trust in Birmingham, which has been accused of serious financial failures following an investigation by the government's Education Funding Agency. It found financial official rules had been breached through the payment of Mr Nolan's "additional second salary".
    Mr Nolan he has told TES that he will now take a £100,000 pay cut and step aside from his chief executive role. A senior business leader will be appointed to sit above Mr Nolan and oversee areas such as procurement, compliance and human resources. The trust will also replace trustees with a “business board”, which could involve takeover by another multi-academy trust, he said.
    The new board could be a “ready-made team” put together by the Department for Education, or a multi-academy trust (MAT) board looking for new schools, Mr Nolan said, adding: “Possibly we could be taken over by a different MAT.”
    He claimed the changes had not resulted from the EFA warning. “This is not something that’s being imposed," Mr Nolan said. "This is about recognising our own limitations.”
    But the EFA report reached damning conclusions over the way finances were run at the Perry Beeches chain. "Urgent action is required to strengthen governance, financial procedures and management arrangements and ensure trustees fully understand their obligations as company directors and charity trustees,” it stated.
    The agency's report, published today, reveals the trust made undisclosed payments to Nexus Schools Ltd for Mr Nolan’s chief executive officer role, which he then reclaimed through a private company, Liam Nolan Ltd.
    The trust paid Nexus for “providing the services of a CEO” for Perry Beeches. Nexus then subcontracted this role to Liam Nolan Ltd. The EFA found: “This arrangement was approved by directors of the trust and represents a breach of the Academies Financial Handbook.”
    The EFA report said the trust made £1.297m in payments with Nexus over two years, “without a written contract or a formal procurement exercise to demonstrate value for money resulting in a number of breaches”.
    The investigation found the arrangement continued for two years without a written contract or formal procurement exercise and was not disclosed in the trust’s 2013-14 accounts.
    The agency issued a financial notice to improve earlier this month. It found:
    significant weaknesses in financial management and governance
    · breaches of the Academies Financial Handbook relating to a lack of independent financial checks, risk identification and internal controls
    · breaches of the handbook by not retaining sufficient evidence of funding eligibility for the required period
    · inadequate free school meal and census quality assurance processes.
    The trust has previously been praised by education secretary Nicky Morgan, prime minister David Cameron and former education secretary Michael Gove. In 2014, there were reports that Mr Nolan was being lined up by the government to take over a school embroiled in the “Trojan Horse” affair. He later opened a free school near one of the troubled schools.
    Mr Nolan told TES his private company, Liam Nolan Ltd, had been set up to manage payments received as speaker's fees associated with his role as a national education leader, he said. The trust's 2014-15 accounts show £74,000 of trust funds was transferred into the company, which was flagged up by auditors as potentially non-compliant with accounting rules.
    Mr Nolan said the arrangement resulted from his CEO salary being treated as a consultancy payment, which had come about because he had taken on extra responsibilities as the trust had grown, and was therefore a "temporary arrangement".
    He said recruiting a chief executive officer from the business world to oversee the organisation’s commercial side would allow him to focus on education. The trust also appointed a finance director in December.
    The trust had been in talks with the DfE, EFA and regional schools commissioner about this for the past year, and hoped to be able to recruit the CEO by September, although the vacancy is not yet being advertised, he added.
    Perry Beeches runs five schools and is due to open two more by 2017. Two of the three schools that have been inspected by Ofsted are rated “outstanding” and one was placed in special measures last May.'

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  8. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I want to get back to teaching but OFSTED marking, work trawls, line management meetings, observations, parents evenings, pastoral issues, break duty, detention duty, appraisal, staff meetings, report writing, department development plans, exam results review, action plans for under achievers, and self evaluation paperwork tend to get in the way.
  9. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    This is the thing with academies being 'independent' - these people can commit all sorts of atrocities and keep their jobs.
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  10. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Perry Beeches? I recently worked at Perry Court, near Bristol.
    Any links?
  11. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I don't think so. There is an original school called Perry Beeches in B'ham which has spawned a number of unimaginatively named Free schools.
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  12. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  13. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  14. install

    install Star commenter

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  15. darklord11

    darklord11 Occasional commenter

    This is blatant fraud, and a serious conflict of interest where supply company is paying this salary through a shell company. The SFO need to investigate and where necessary a criminal trail.
    Now he wants to play dumb as if he didn't know what he was doing, devious basket case .
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  16. install

    install Star commenter

    I agree....and it should go further than that.

    Some greedy heads and CEOs need to be looked at - some Heads that are also an Exec Head or Super Head or also earning extra on the side as an Ofsted Inspector. It all looks very odd indeed.
    wanet likes this.
  17. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    So he takes a 100k pay drop. But I bet the new CEO (probably one of his nearest and dearest) get paid more than 100K.
  18. darklord11

    darklord11 Occasional commenter

    Too many Academies being run by immoral underhand money grabbers who are depriving this nations children of a good education. These people need to be barred from education for life, dishonest scum.
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  19. install

    install Star commenter

    I agree and there are also some schools being run by heads who are doing other other jobs too ...with a large return in their take home salaries...
    wanet likes this.
  20. darklord11

    darklord11 Occasional commenter

    Super head = super A hole of the highest order. Hope they all get what they truly deserve.
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