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Warwick Mansell
Freelance education journalist. Founder of ed news website Education Uncovered. Blogger for Prospect union, NEU, Modern Governor, London Review of Books.
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Talk for Teaching Nov 18
I fully understand, but in the case of a schl that is *forced* to join a MAT by RSC and its surplus follows it. Where does responsibility for that money lie, if the MAT fails? In this case, the schl had no choice but to have its cash tired out. Responsibility? Hello RSC/DfE...
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Karolina Simanaitytė Nov 18
How infuriating! Once I was told to take a salary cut because that salary is appropriate for my age... and if I we’re older, I’d be earning more. I was 24 at the time. My male peers did not have the same condition.
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LiamHCollins Nov 17
It hit me hard when looking at the best paid CEOs and realising my salary was below the severance pay of one of them...
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Sarah Jones Nov 17
I'll never forget being told that the salary for the post I'd been doing in an acting capacity was now 40k more than I'd been getting because "well he's asked for it and he does have a family to support".
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Roxane Thomas Nov 17
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because no one paid attention & dismissed the few who noticed
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Cllr. David Jones Nov 17
As we know there is no local accountability, in fact we are positively kept away as local Councillors. One day we will have ‘Our day’!
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NGA school gov'nce Nov 17
MATs are both charities & companies limited by guarantee: a common model in the not-for-profit or 3rd sector EK
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resources4drama Nov 17
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. You've seen this? St Olave's Grammar School row head resigns -
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Mary Wombat 🐝 Nov 17
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Maybe exactly *because* is can be controlled that way? Without pesky councillors, governors or parents sticking their oars in?
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
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When you add on the fact that the whole MAT structure can be controlled by maybe 3 people who can be related/friends...why on earth has this become the dominant model favoured for England's schools?
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Mike Cameron Nov 17
CEOs of MATs are employees of private companies. Their duty of care is to that company. They should not be expected to organise a public sector, other than for the benefit of those private companies.
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
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...what comes across again in that piece is how top-down the MAT structure is: unilateral operational and spending decisions allowed at HQ level which couldn't happen in LA structure, I think. Schools forum as check, balance, for example.
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
...And this excellent piece from last week makes the fundamental point that, within a MAT, individual schools don't exist, from a legal point of view:
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
. absolutely right to highlight the seemingly staggering failures of governance at WCAT: Where we probably differ is in belief in the extent to which this reflects fundamental structural problems with the academy model.
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John Moffat Nov 17
As a governor and Trustee I would and do challenge the HT on this. We try our best to double check facts on exclusion panels. If a member of staff stood up for the pupil. There would be 100% no consequence to that member of staff.
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Chris Rossiter Nov 17
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Of course, but is there anyone on Trustee board with this responsibility and do governors know enough to challenge - even if they do, there’s little ‘stick’ for them to use.
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Adam Banks Nov 17
Our school used to take in kids excluded from a local academy. After Ofsted put us in special measures, that academy now runs both. Bye kids
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Neil Finbow Nov 17
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There always was a certain amount of this. The trouble is now it has become par for the course.
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
Replying to @_chrisrossiter
...Perhaps this is why ethical guidelines re what is acceptable needed to give people something to fall back on if are feeling pressurised.
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Warwick Mansell Nov 17
Replying to @_chrisrossiter
Is not doing this really a risk to one's job in itself? I know there are huge pressures over results, but wd a head be under pressure from, say, GB or MAT to do this?
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