Education weaknesses writ large

Executive headteacher of 8 local authority primaries paid more than £330,000-a-year

An executive headteacher of a federation of local-authority maintained primary schools has been revealed as one of the best-paid school leaders in the country.

Sir Craig Tunstall, who leads the Gipsy Hill Federation, was paid a total of £330,394 last year. His salary was revealed by investigative website ourcity.London earlier today, and was listed in Lambeth Council’s accounts.

The federation is made up of eight local authority-maintained schools, as well as two children’s centres.

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Spielman: Let Ofsted inspect Multi-Academy Trusts

Ofsted should be allowed to inspect multi-academy trusts, the chief inspector of schools has said.

Amanda Spielman told the parliamentary education committee this morning that she would welcome powers for the watchdog to inspect academy trusts in their entirety, rather than just a “subset” of their schools, as it does now.

“I absolutely would welcome it, and this has been something I have raised and have been discussing for several months,” Spielman said, adding that the current system only gives Ofsted a “limited” view.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw: Multi-academy trusts have developed same weaknesses as worst-performing councils

Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has claimed today that multi-academy trusts have “manifested the same weaknesses” as the worst-performing local authorities and “offered the same excuses”.

In an explosive letter to education secretary Nicky Morgan today, Sir Michael said he has “great concern” about the performance of seven large multi-academy trusts (MAT) that were inspected by Ofsted.

He said the findings of the focused inspections were “worrying” and highlighted “serious weaknesses”. Trusts named in the letter included E-ACT, School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) and Academies Enterprise Trust – the country’s largest MAT with 67 schools.

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