Academy chain chief executive defends breach of money rules

The chief executive of a Wakefield academy chain that was found to have breached government rules following an investigation into financial irregularity has admitted it was due to a lack of knowledge when it came to recording accounts.

It comes the week after a report by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) found a number of “significant failings and weaknesses” at the Rodillian Multi Academy Trust, including paying almost £8,000 for the CEO, Andy Goulty, to stay in a four-star hotel for 78 nights.

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