Five schools investigated for spending more than £320,000 in severance payments without government approval have been named.
Stand-alone academies Wilnecote High School near Birmingham, Langley Park School for Boys in south London and the Cathedral C of E Academy Trust in Wakefield, plus the multi-academy trust owned former Rydens Enterprise School in Surrey, and Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland, all made large payments to departing staff in 2015-16 without seeking government permission first.
Under academy funding rules, schools and trusts aren’t allowed to make severance payments of more than £50,000 without approval. Schools under financial investigation are also banned from making similar payments of any amount without permission.
University Of Surrey ‘Spent £1,600 On Bringing New Boss’s Dog To Britain’
Universities spent £7.8 million of public money on expenses over two years.
A university spent more than £1,600 of public money on transporting its new vice chancellor’s dog from Australia to the UK, an investigation has found.
The University of Surrey paid the money as part of £15,000 relocation allowances to Professor Max Lu when he relocated his family, including their Maltese dog called Oscar, in 2016, Dispatches found.
It was among £7.8 million of public money spent by universities on expenses in a two-year-period, the Channel 4 programme will claim on Monday night.
It comes days after university workers began a month of walkouts in the latest stage of a bitter dispute over pensions.
Rodillian MAT hit with financial notice to improve after ESFA investigation
A Yorkshire academy trust has been hit with a financial notice to improve as a result of “historic failures” of governance and a failure to balance its budget.
Under the terms of the notice, many of the Rodillian multi-academy trust’s spending powers are suspended, and decisions have to be run past officials.
However the trust’s chief executive has said its deficit increased after being put under pressure by the government to take on struggling schools.
The trust was previously under investigation by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for spending nearly £8,000 a 78-night stay in a four-star hotel for its chief executive.
The ensuing investigation found a number of “significant failings and weaknesses” at the trust. Today’s financial notice to improve said some of those issues still remain “unresolved”.