Dave thought it was jolly good ...
But it was over two years, so perhaps that’s all right, then. The Government was not impressed, though: “The EFA’s call for urgent action triggered an official notice from the DfE, which detailed ‘serious concerns about financial management, control and governance’ at the trust”. And it’s doubly embarrassing for the Tories and their pals.
... as did his pal "Oiky" Gove ...
This was last July. So what was done about it? Schools Week had the answer: “An academy trust funnelled more than £1m to a private company which then paid a ‘second salary’ to the trust’s ‘superhead’, a government investigation has revealed today". A “private company”? It certainly is: “the trust paid a private firm called Nexus for providing chief executive services … Nexus then sub-contracted the role to another company called Liam Nolan Ltd, whose sole director is Liam Nolan, the … accounting officer at the trust”.
... and so did their chief schools cheerleader
Small wonder Birmingham City Council’s education chief has said “The scale of the issues uncovered in this report is staggering, and raises very serious questions about both the leadership at Perry Beeches and about ministers’ oversight of academies”, and likened the Tories’ fawning over Free Schools to the Kids Company débâcle.
Perhaps Tobes would like to tell us all how this reflects rather well on his pal Gove.