‘Judge us by the outcomes of our children – judge us by what the children think’

For David Moran, schools have a duty towards disadvantaged pupils that stretches far beyond the classroom. The boss of E-Act academy trust tells Adi Bloom how he wants to extend breakfast clubs so they provide an evening meal for children at risk of hunger as well as raise £1 million for extracurricular activities from private sponsors

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David Moran is not someone who is afraid of the dramatic gesture. During a two-year tenure working for the schools district in Nashville, Tennessee, he tackled an overreliance on photocopied worksheets by cutting the plugs off the photocopiers.

And, in his current role as chief executive officer of E-Act multi-academy trust, he has put his scissors to different use: cutting up the company’s credit cards.

Moran took over the chain in 2013, following a government report criticising his predecessor’s freeness with the company credit card, including excessive expenses claims for first-class ...

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