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School results don't justify academy trust pay, says Ofsted

Discussion in 'Education news' started by chelsea2, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Funny how it's only now he's leaving that Wilshaw speaks out....
    Funny how the DfE will never acknowledge the Academy programme has any faults or problems....
    Funny how an unaccountable, undemocratic system has been allowed to replace a locally accountable, democratically elected system....and is being promoted even when it isn't working....
    How much longer will this emperor's new clothes' situation continue....?


    'Top executives at some of England's biggest academy chains are paid huge salaries while pupils are left to get poor results, Ofsted says.

    Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw highlighted serious weaknesses at seven multi-academy trusts in a hard-hitting letter to the education secretary.
    He said the trusts were sitting on millions of pounds that should be used to raise standards.
    A Conservative party source described the comments as "partial and skewed".
    'It is surprising and disappointing to hear Sir Michael attack the academies programme," said a Conservative spokesman.
    "His partial and skewed picture is no reflection of the great success of the multi-academy trust model as a whole, which is transforming England's schools and creating the conditions for educational excellence across the country."
    The government is pushing for more schools to become academies - and Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would like to make "local authorities running schools a thing of the past".
    But in a letter to Nicky Morgan, Sir Michael, a former academy head teacher, said problems at these multi-academy trusts often replicated those of the worst local councils, and were leading to poor results for too many pupils, particularly disadvantaged ones.
    "Given these worrying findings about the performance of disadvantaged pupils and the lack of leadership capacity and strategic oversight by trustees, salary levels for the chief executives of some of these MATs do not appear to be commensurate with the level of performance of their trusts or constituent academies," wrote Sir Michael.
    "The average pay of the chief executives in these seven trusts is higher than the prime minister's salary, with one chief executive's salary reaching £225,000.
    "This poor use of public money is compounded by some trusts holding very large cash reserves that are not being spent on raising standards.
    "For example, at the end of August 2015, these seven trusts had total cash in the bank of £111m.
    "Furthermore, some of these trusts are spending money on expensive consultants or advisers to compensate for deficits in leadership. Put together, these seven trusts spent at least £8.5m on education consultancy in 2014-15 alone."
    Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell said: "Ofsted has identified a number of very serious concerns within these academy chains.
    "The lack of oversight, the lack of capacity within the governance structures and failure to deliver improvements are all issues we have been raising for months.
    "As the government continues, without evidence, with its agenda to turn all schools into academies and no system of local oversight to spot and challenge underperformance early, these problems will only get worse, impacting on standards."
    Across the seven multi-academy trusts, inspectors found:

    • Poor progress and attainment
    • Not enough being done to improve behaviour or attendance
    • Insufficient scrutiny of teaching quality and its impact on pupils' progress
    • Trusts not overseeing all their academies well
    • A lack of urgency to tackle weak leadership
    • Insufficient challenge from governors.
    The seven multi-academy trusts are: School Partnership Trust Academies, E-Act, AET, The Education Fellowship, Wakefield City Academies, CfBT Multi-Academy Trust, Collaborative Academies Trust and Oasis Learning Multi-Academy Trust. The run several hundreds schools in England between them.
    Earlier this week the government signalled that it would further reduce the financial link between local authorities and schools.
    A proposed national funding formula for schools, which would be introduced next year, would see budgets going straight to schools, removing local authorities from being a channel for funding.'
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  2. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

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  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Aaargh! Thanks! I was there - have been trying to forget.... FA Cup beckons!
  4. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

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  5. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    It would be fun when Wilshaw retires from the job to see if he spends his time slating the government from the side lines.
  6. Benbamboo

    Benbamboo Occasional commenter

    If he did it might go some way towards atoning for the several years he has spent not doing his job properly in the first place.
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  7. JessicaRabbit1

    JessicaRabbit1 Senior commenter

    I used to work in a school owned by one of those MATs. They were truly some of the most awful excuses for human beings that I have ever met. I could tell stories about them that would make your hair curl; the way they treated staff, the things they said about our kids. Yes - the kids. All whilst sitting on that kind of money - whilst we went without basic resources and constantly bought essentials out of our own money.

    First time I think I've agreed with Wilshaw.
  8. xena-warrior2

    xena-warrior2 New commenter

    I can also add one to the list. They work tirelessly to remove experienced/expensive/bolshy teachers and replace them with NQTs or unqualified staff, presumably to boost the cash in the coffers and award themselves massive salaries. The level of bullying and intimidation the trust practises upon staff who've flogged their guts out there for 20 years is appalling.
  9. maggieDD

    maggieDD New commenter

    Why aren't the public being made more aware of this? MATs are making vast amounts of support staff redundant and simultaneously employing executives at £70K each.
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  10. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

    So now that OFSTED and Wilshaw have clarified what we already knew, why are Nicky Morgan and George Osborne going to force schools to becoming academies?

    Why are they hell bent on ignoring what OFSTED have stated?

    Are William Hill giving odds on when OFSTED will be scrapped?

  11. drek

    drek Star commenter

    Academy trusts with their 3000 + points value added nonsense!
    Someone should ask nicky and nick how these points are calculated?
    Michael is feeling a bit left out of the great big conservative fiddle?

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