Below is the timeline of stories reported by BBC Beds, Herts and Bucks about Barnfield.
I began to wonder about Barnfield when the “grade massaging” story was reported. As story followed story I began to ask, “Does Gove have any idea what’s going on?”
I think that question is becoming more and more relevant. Gove has created, and allowed, unaccountable chains, federations, “education companies” and Free Schools to spring up all over the country. Like some “Day of the Triffyds” invasion, they are snipping at successful schools, and bringing disrepute into an area of public provision which was renowned for being relativity “scandal” free,
In an NUT Press Release today, “NUT comment on alleged financial irregularities at Barnfield College”, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, says, “it is becoming increasingly clear that the Secretary of State has failed in his duty to oversee the governance and management of academies and free schools”.
As well as the Barnfield investigation, the press release mentions another investigation at the King’s Science Academy in Bradford. Add in other problems around the country, and it is abundantly clear that the Secretary of State for Education has failed in his duty to oversee.
Given that it is the Secretary of State’s policies that are directly responsible for this state of affairs, it clearly raises questions about his competency. And given his record on handling the ongoing dispute with the NUT and The NASUWT, it’s clear we have a Secretary of State who has no idea what he is doing, or what is happening in schools around the country.
Timeline of BBC Beds Herts & Bucks Stories
19th Sept 2012 Barnfield College withdraws Luton development plans
10th Dec 2013 Barnfield pupils “were spoon fed to meet grade targets”
18th Feb 2014 Barnfield College “wrongly claimed” £1m of funding