Academies breach their funding agreements

MP John Healey put down the following Parliamentary Question:

To ask the Secretary of State for Education which academies, from which academy groups, have breached their funding agreements since May 2010; when each such breach occurred; and what the reasons for each such breach were.

On 25 April 2013 Secretary of State Michael Gove gave the following answer:

Since being established on 1 April 2012, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) has recorded funding agreement breaches by 411 academies or academy trusts. An accurate list of the reasons for each individual breach—which can range from non-compliant complaints processes to late return of audited financial statements—could be collated only at disproportionate cost.

It is notable that, quite correctly, the answer refers to recorded breaches.

There are bound to be many more breaches which simply go unreported (or unreported to the EFA, at least) for whatever reason.

I am, however, puzzled by the suggested distinction between “academies” and “academy trusts” since the former is simply the practical manifestation of the latter – i.e. an academy is simply the school which the trust provides.

Feel free to shed light!

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