Commenting on the publication of the Report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the academies programme, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union said:
“The Report confirms the concerns that NASUWT has been raising for some time about whether the academy programme is delivering value for money.
It is clear from the Report that the Academy programme has expanded too far, too fast and the Department for Education is under-resourced and unable to cope with the Secretary of State’s ideological drive to take schools out of local authority control.
“What is also clear is that enormous sums of public money have been used to fund a complex and inefficient programme, resulting in funds being diverted away from other areas, including money that should have been spent on school improvement across all schools.
“The NASUWT welcomes the PAC’s call that every Academy Trust must provide data showing school-level expenditure. The NASUWT has made this call repeatedly.
“There should be no ‘secret garden’ of funding when public money is involved.”