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star this property date less than 2019-07-12more like thismore than 2019-07-12
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent steps he has taken to help ensure that schools take the leading role in deciding whether to (a) form and (b) join a multi-academy trust. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Walsall North more like this
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Eddie Hughes more like this
star this property uin 276587 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-17more like thismore than 2019-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The process to become an academy is school led, with schools’ Local Governing Bodies taking the initiative to apply to their Regional School Commissioners’ office on whether to join an existing academy trust, or form one with partner schools. The only exception to this, where the department takes a leading role, is where a school is judged as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, as the law requires the Secretary of State to make an order enabling the school to become an academy.</p><p> </p><p>The department aims to ensure that all schools considering becoming academies are able to join strong academy trusts, and this has historically been supported through trust capacity funding. Ultimately, our ambition is for every school that wants to, to benefit from the autonomy and freedom to innovate that academy status offers, and for schools to collaborate through strong academy trusts.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-07-17T14:43:33.64Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-17T14:43:33.64Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4635
star this property label Biography information for Eddie Hughes more like this
1137539
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-08more like thismore than 2019-07-08
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will provide (a) a list of maintained schools that have been the subject of directive academy orders resulting in them becoming sponsored academies, (b) the date of those orders, (c) the names of the trusts which the schools joined on becoming sponsored academies and the dates of transfer and (d) the names of any trusts which they were subsequently transferred to as a result of rebrokering by his Department and the date of those transfers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wythenshawe and Sale East more like this
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Mike Kane more like this
star this property uin 274554 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
star this property answer text <p>As at 1 July 2019, there have been 385 maintained schools that have been issued an academy order following an inadequate Ofsted judgement that has resulted in them opening as a sponsored academy. The list of these sponsored academies, the dates of their academy orders, the dates they opened as sponsored academies and the name of the academy trust that they joined can be found in the attached table. Of these 385 sponsored academies, only St Edward’s Catholic Academy has subsequently transferred trust. This occurred on 1 September 2018.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-07-11T15:47:49.863Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-11T15:47:49.863Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property file name 274554_directive_academy_orders .xls more like this
star this property title 274554_Table more like this
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4316
star this property label Biography information for Mike Kane more like this
1132829
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-18more like thismore than 2019-06-18
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to the letter of 20 May 2019 from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the School System to the Education Select Committee, how many requests for the publication of multi-academy trust improvement plans his Department has (a) received and (b) agreed; and which improvement plans have been published in (i) full and (ii) part as a result of those requests. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Manchester Central more like this
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Lucy Powell more like this
star this property uin 266159 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The information is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost<strong>. </strong></p><p> </p><p>Further to my noble friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’s letter to the Education Select Committee, dated 20 May 2019, we would note that where the department intervenes, we work with each trust to put in place a recovery process that underpins education provision with strong financial management and oversight.</p><p> </p><p>These plans and our support for trusts are flexible and will evolve as the trusts recover and to respond to any future challenges. Any request to disclose an improvement plan is responded to on a case-by-case basis.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T15:46:43.007Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T15:46:43.007Z
star this property answering member
4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4263
star this property label Biography information for Lucy Powell more like this
1132417
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 12 June 2019 to Question 259839 on Academies, how many of the 2,631 academies and free schools who do not have a sponsor were formerly sponsored. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mitcham and Morden more like this
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Siobhain McDonagh more like this
star this property uin 265413 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>Of the 2,631 academies and free schools who do not currently have a sponsor, 14 are sponsored academies that are no longer linked to a sponsor. This can be for a variety of reasons, ranging from an improved Ofsted Inspection Outcome to a Diocesan request for links to be removed.</p><p>A list of these open academies is available via the link below:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-academies-and-academy-projects-in-development" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/open-academies-and-academy-projects-in-development</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T16:12:11.02Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T16:12:11.02Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Siobhain McDonagh more like this
1130928
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many multi-academy trusts have collapsed since the introduction of such trusts. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
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Mary Creagh more like this
star this property uin 262318 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
star this property answer text <p>The department’s latest records show that no academy trust has collapsed. Where there is a risk to public funds, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will intervene in a proportionate manner to avoid financial issues affecting school provision.</p><p>The ESFA has a robust intervention strategy to support an academy trust, which is a company limited by guarantee and subject to company law, to reach a stronger financial position. Intervention actions range from supporting and building trust capacity through to issuing a Financial Notice to Improve, or in the most serious cases, terminating a funding agreement after schools have been transferred to another trust.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-06-13T16:31:41.71Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-13T16:31:41.71Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
1129735
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
star this property answering body
Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies do not have a sponsor. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mitcham and Morden more like this
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Siobhain McDonagh more like this
star this property uin 259837 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property answer text <p>​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.</p><p> </p><p>There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.</p><p> </p><p>Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.</p><p> </p><p>Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.</p><p> </p><p>When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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259838 more like this
259839 more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.807Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.807Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Siobhain McDonagh more like this
1129736
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star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies without a sponsor have a budget deficit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mitcham and Morden more like this
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Siobhain McDonagh more like this
star this property uin 259838 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property answer text <p>​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.</p><p> </p><p>There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.</p><p> </p><p>Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.</p><p> </p><p>Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.</p><p> </p><p>When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
259837 more like this
259839 more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.853Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.853Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Siobhain McDonagh more like this
1129737
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-04more like thismore than 2019-06-04
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many academies do not have a sponsor because they have a budget deficit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Mitcham and Morden more like this
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Siobhain McDonagh more like this
star this property uin 259839 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-12more like thismore than 2019-06-12
star this property answer text <p>​As at 1 June 2019 there are 8,678 open academies and free schools. 2,631 of these do not have a sponsor. The majority of these are converter academies where there is no requirement for a sponsor. There is also a small number who were formerly sponsored but no longer have a sponsor.</p><p> </p><p>There are 161 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy. Of these 161 schools, 83 (52%) have no sponsor assigned to them; some of these, will be early in the conversion process.</p><p> </p><p>Schools can draw on their reserves for a range of planned and sensible reasons. This is not an issue in and of itself, unless it is symptomatic of a trend towards a cumulative deficit. Cumulative deficit and surplus positions are a more reliable overall measure of financial health. In-year spending often presents an inconsistent picture.</p><p> </p><p>Of the 2,631 academies without a sponsor, 1,243 are recorded as having expenditure that exceeded income in 2017/18. This can often be planned expenditure using reserves strategically. There were 182 with a cumulative deficit. If the sums are significant, the trust may, as appropriate, be subject to scrutiny or intervention by ESFA. Of the 83 local authority maintained schools in the process of becoming a sponsored academy, 50 had expenditure that exceeded income, while 28 had a cumulative deficit.</p><p> </p><p>When a local authority maintained school with a deficit becomes a sponsored academy, the deficit remains with the local authority, in line with our published guidance. Likewise, when an academy with a deficit is in scope to transfer to a new trust, any deficit at the academy at the point of transfer would ordinarily remain with the outgoing trust in line with our published guidance.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
star this property grouped question UIN
259837 more like this
259838 more like this
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less than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.883Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-12T14:13:36.883Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Siobhain McDonagh more like this
1127644
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure staff working for academy trusts can raise concerns about schools' governance. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wirral South more like this
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Alison McGovern more like this
star this property uin 256305 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-23more like thismore than 2019-05-23
star this property answer text <p>​The department requires a high level of accountability and transparency of academy trusts. Academy trust accountability is founded on a clear framework communicated and regulated by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), through trusts’ funding agreement and the Academies Financial Handbook.</p><p> </p><p>The Academies Financial Handbook requires that all academy trusts have appropriate whistleblowing procedures in place. Academy trusts must also ensure that all concerns raised with them by whistleblowers are responded to properly and fairly. Whistleblowers can also report allegations of fraud or financial irregularity to the ESFA. The ESFA has published guidance about how to report such allegations, the actions the ESFA will take when it receives an allegation and the rights of whistleblowers.</p><p> </p><p>The guidance is available here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-esfa-handles-allegations-of-suspected-fraud-or-financial-irregularity/how-esfa-handles-allegations-of-suspected-fraud-or-financial-irregularity" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-esfa-handles-allegations-of-suspected-fraud-or-financial-irregularity/how-esfa-handles-allegations-of-suspected-fraud-or-financial-irregularity</a>.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 256304 more like this
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less than 2019-05-23T11:46:09.917Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-23T11:46:09.917Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4083
star this property label Biography information for Alison McGovern more like this
1110446
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Academies remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 8 April 2019 to Question 240009, what the longest period is that one of the 93 academy schools in the process of re-brokering has waited to be transferred to a new academy trust. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Ashton-under-Lyne more like this
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Angela Rayner more like this
star this property uin 242152 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
star this property answer text <p>As at 27 March 2019, our records show that 93 academies are in the process of transferring to different trusts. 89 of the 93 cases have been in progress for less than 12 months.</p><p>The longest period that one of these academies has been awaiting transfer is 23 months. When transferring an academy from one trust to another, there may be a number of things that can take time to resolve with the incoming trust who has agreed to take on the school, such as private finance initiative contracts – which can be the most problematic, issues relating to land, financial matters, or the process of transferring staff from one trust to another. A substantial majority of academy transfers are voluntary agreements between trusts.</p><p>Where there are concerns regarding an academy’s performance, the department would seek, wherever possible, to put in place school improvement support while the transfer is underway.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stratford-on-Avon more like this
star this property answering member printed Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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less than 2019-04-11T16:56:01.297Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-11T16:56:01.297Z
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4113
star this property label Biography information for Nadhim Zahawi more like this
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4356
star this property label Biography information for Angela Rayner more like this