'Poor checks' on school accounts

Safety checks aimed at spotting improper spending by schools and academies are inadequate, MPs will warn today.

The Department for Education is far too reliant on whistleblowers to detect wrong-doing, says the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The report comes after Richard Gilliland resigned as chief executive of a trust, which runs four academies in Lincolnshire, for using a school credit card to buy sex games and luxury goods.