He is the man who holds the fate of our schools in his hands. In the fourth of this week’s series of interviews with key education figures, Martin George meets regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson.
A leading education expert has said school finances were facing “pressures on all sides” after an EDP analysis of 50 sets of academy accounts revealed deficits, staff cuts, and the impact of falling pupil numbers.
An academy which is battling to turn around its academic performance while tackling a £969,000 deficit is trying to change the terms of a private finance initiative (PFI) deal that cost it almost £1m last year alone.
The Hewett School had a projected deficit of more than £650,000 when it was controversially turned into an academy last September, it has emerged - and Norfolk’s remaining non-academies will have to pick up the bill.
A fightback against government plans to turn hundreds of schools in our region into academies is today under way, with activists forming a new campaign group, and county councillors urged to throw their weight against the proposal.
Many thought the controversy over the Hewett Academy was over, but now it has emerged Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has asked the Inspiration Trust a series of questions before deciding whether to take up its offer of a place on its governing body.
An MP is writing to ministers questioning whether a controversial academy chain is fit to run a Norwich high school after it was alleged its chief executive said she was “sick” it had received a good Ofsted rating in 2013.
The length of the school day, the use of unqualified teachers, and the future of the Hewett’s land were raised by parents at the first consultation meeting on government plans for it to become an academy.
The interim governors of a city high school have launched a formal consultation about its proposed academy conversion, days after saying they would not because people could not “reasonably expect” it to have an impact on the outcome.
Campaigners fighting plans to turn a troubled Norwich high school into an academy have been given a glimmer of hope after the government appeared to say a final deal could not be completed before the election.
The battle over the future of the Norwich’s most prominent high schools could be heading to the High Court. Ahead of tomorrow’s public meeting about the Hewett, MARTIN GEORGE analyses six key questions.