I have just finished listening to Michael Gove wriggling on the Today programme
over the issue of academy funding. According to Today's Financial Times
, and as we suspected all along, too much money has been given to academy converters and the Government now has a dilemma over what to do next - their grubby attempt to surcharge all local authority budgets to pay for this has been exposed and challenged in court, so they may have no option but to claw much of the money back from schools. Either way the big bribes to convert may not be there in the future.
Challenged on the Today programme about whether this was the fault of his department, Gove was slippery, wouldn't take responsibility and attempted to pin the blame on the LAs even though one of the supposed benefits of academy status is that funding has nothing to do with local authorities and comes direct from government.
Meanwhile the FT story also shows how hollow the rhetoric about helping poor children turns out to be. According to FT Education correspondent 47% of children in Tory converter academies come from the richest 30% of the population. Under Labour 47 % were from the poorest:
In short an incompetent department , led by Michael Gove, has given big cash payments and incentives to the schools and pupils that least need it. By the way you read it here first