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Financial notice to improve for Yorkshire MAT.

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”.

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The outcome of the consultation on short inspections of good schools.

Short inspections of good schools
A report on the responses to the consultation
This is a report on the outcomes of the consultation that ran from 21 September to 8
November 2017 on proposals for changes to Ofsted’s approach to short inspections
from January 2018. The changes relate to short inspections of good maintained
schools and academies, and outstanding and good maintained nurseries, special
schools and pupil referral units.
If you would like a version of this document in a different format, such as large print
or Braille, please telephone 0300 123 1231 or email

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School Standards Minister - Nick Gibb, addresses Commonwealth Education Ministers.

Thank you Dr Mohamed. And thank you also to those fellow Education Ministers I have had the opportunity to meet over the last few days. I think this has been a very successful conference. I would like to congratulate the Secretary General and the Fijian Government for hosting a very successful conference. It has been wonderful for me to have had so many productive, interesting and warm conversations with fellow ministers, in meetings and at the very successful receptions that have been held throughout the course of the conference. I have really valued the opportunity to learn about other education systems and to discuss so many shared challenges that we all face across the Commonwealth. I am sure that many of us will stay in touch in future and continue to support each other where we can.

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Is £150,000 too much for Multi-Academy chain bossess.

The bosses of academy trusts running large chains of schools in England are going to be challenged by education ministers over "fat-cat" pay.

Lord Agnew says the government's school funding agency is to write to multi-academy trusts asking how pay over £150,000 relates to school performance.

The chief executive of Harris Federation became the first in the state sector to earn over £500,000.

Head teachers say the public needs to be "reassured" over school spending.

Lord Agnew, in a letter to academy trusts, has warned that the funding agency would soon be contacting multi-academy trusts paying above £150,000 - and that if performance is going down, pay for chief executives should also be cut.

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Chief Executive of the lecturers pension scheme.

The chief executive of the lecturers' pension scheme at the centre of a university strike received a 17% pay rise worth an extra £82,000 this year.

Bill Galvin's pay package had risen from £484,000 to £566,000, said a spokeswoman for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Running costs for the university pension scheme were £125m per year - including two staff earning over £1m.

Mr Galvin has described the pension scheme as "excellent value".

The pensions scheme now has a £6bn deficit and striking lecturers say that plans to tackle the shortfall will cut their retirement income by £10,000 per year.

Sally Hunt, leader of the UCU lecturers' union, said: "Whatever happens with this dispute, it is time for a proper look at what is happening with USS.

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