Fis-edsolutions ltd – BBC Report- Academy schools breach transparency rules

Nineteen academy schools are to be investigated for “flouting” rules on transparency following a BBC investigation.

The schools have not published a register of all their governors’ interests, against official rules.

Education campaigners say there is “a culture of secrecy” around some academies.

The Department for Education (DfE) said the “rules were clear” and it would investigate.

BBC England’s data unit selected 100 academies across England at random and found 19 of them had not either published a current register of interests for governors on their school or trust websites, or had only given the interests of directors and members.

Academies in numbers

5,758

Academies in England

28%

Of all state-funded schools

3,430 primary academies

2,068 secondary academies

260 special and alternative provision

1,004 school in the pipeline to become academies

Source: DFE as of 1 October 2016