Academy transfer costs ‘will be published in due course’ says schools minister
A few weeks ago Schools Week reported how the DfE appeared to be trying to bury bad news about the cost of transferring academies from one trust to another. This revelation followed lengthy campaigning by Schools Week and this site.
I’ve received a letter dated 1 July 2017 from Lord Nash, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System. It says the information re academy transfer costs has at last been ‘collated’.
It’s unclear why this has taken so long. You would expect the Department for Education to have kept records in, say, a spreadsheet which would have avoided the need for collation. Having to assemble the data suggests it’s been filed haphazardly.
The collected information is ‘currently being finalised’. It will, I’ve been told, ‘be published in due course’.
Only time will tell how long ‘due course’ will be.