In recent days, stories have surfaced in the national press about ‘financial irregularities’ in academies – misuse of public money which should have supported children’s education. Maybe this is happening in local schools. If you work in or are involved with a local academy and you know that funds are beIng misused, spent frivolously or extravagantly on things that don’t seem to have much to do with education : tell us. Use the ‘Contribute’ button above – you need to give us your name and email address to show ‘good faith’ but we will not publish any details that could identify you. However, we will publish information that shines a light on the weakness of financial control in academies that, by their nature, are outside proper democratic accountability.