The Department for Education is spending taxpayers’ money funding conferences given by an organisation campaigning for “smaller government”, it has emerged. The Freedom and Autonomy for Schools National Association (FASNA) puts the clearly political aim of shrinking the state at the top of its list of objectives.
FASNA are running a series of seminars throughout the autumn all about how to start academies — each one bearing the damning description:
“The DfE is sponsoring this event, there is no charge”
With eight of these scheduled across Engand, there is a fair sum of taxpayers’ money being channelled by Gove into a body agitating for political changes of questionable relevance or benefit to the education of children.
Yesterday, Michael Gove used FASNA as a platform to give a speech in which school governors — who give their time for free to help run schools — were attacked as:
“Local worthies who see being a governor as a badge of status not a job of work.”
With Free Schools contracted out to a charity run by his former adviser, an ideological bent seems to be a prerequisite for involvement with DfE.