Graham Badman: Public Appointments

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th December 2009.

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Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Conservative, Beverley and Holderness

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families to what positions his Department and its agencies have (a) appointed and (b) re-appointed Graham Badman CBE in the last five years; and what (i) the salary and (ii) duration was of each such appointment.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

holding answer 30 November 2009

Graham Badman was appointed as the Chair of Becta with effect from 1 May 2009. From 1 January 2009 to 30 April he served as Acting Chair. He is paid £30,000 per annum for this role and this is accounted for in the annual report of Becta. He had previously been an unpaid member of the board of Becta for the period 1 April 2006 to 31 December 2008.

Graham Badman is a member of the National Challenge Expert Advisers Panel, which was established in July 2008. This role is not paid and is expected to last until summer 2011.

He has recently conducted National Challenge Progress Reviews of Gloucestershire LA and Suffolk LA., and also a review of elective home education. This work was undertaken on a contractual basis with Nektus.

On 1 December 2008 the Secretary of State directed the London borough of Haringey to appoint Graham Badman to chair the Local Safeguarding Children Board, which it did. The Secretary of State did not make any directions about the salary or term of that appointment which is a matter for the London borough of Haringey.

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D Preece
Posted on 15 Dec 2009 7:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Nektus is a company owned by Mr. Badman and his family.

It would be interesting to find out if Mr. Badman will benefit by the proposed changes to home education since he instigated them in his statistically flawed 'review' of home education.

Will his company, Nektus, be flooded with home educating families' money as they are forced by the present government to adopt a curriculum?

Becta is a government-funded agency which encourages school-home links. Will Becta be involved in 'encouraging' home educating families to use government-approved technology?

In short, should Mr. Badman's connections both to the government and the possibility of making money from home educators cancel out his recommendations about home education?

Nemo judex in causa sua. (No one shall be a judge in his own cause)

Ciaran Gultnieks
Posted on 15 Dec 2009 10:14 pm (Report this annotation)

Missing from the answer then, how much his company was paid out of taxpayer's money for the extremely flawed review of elective home education.

Does the contract provide for us getting our money back, given the poor quality of the work produced, and if not why not?

D Preece
Posted on 16 Dec 2009 11:43 am (Report this annotation)

If the government is going to define 'suitable' education as that which is given in schools perhaps they should reflect on the 1 in 6 children who leave school without being able to read, write or add up.

Apparently, home educators are destined by the government to exceed school standards since the Select Committee report suggests that home educating children should not be allowed to leave their 'school' (for want of a better word) in the same dire straits.

Perhaps the government would like to explain this discrepancy or are they happy to be hit with a gigantic lawsuit when the minority group of home educators prove hundreds of cases of discrimination against them?

Or perhaps this is the disaster of a scorched earth policy that the NEXT government will have to deal with?