The government this week announced its intention to withdraw its funding from the Durand Academy Trust. The schools group has vowed to fight the decision, accusing the government’s Education Funding Agency of “half-truths and inaccuracies”. But the move may still bring an unedifying end to an entrepreneurial academy trust that was often lauded by Michael Gove during his time as education secretary.
The trust was created by former head and current chair of governors Sir Greg Martin. Described as one of Mr Gove’s “favourite headteachers”, he was knighted during the former minister’s tenure.
And he was far from the only head selected for special praise by the verbose Scottish Tory. But just as Mr Gove’s own fortunes have changed significantly since his high-profile four years at Sanctuary Buildings, the lustre has also started to fade from some of his best-loved school leaders.
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