* In a statement to PRWeek, a spokesperson for Ormiston Academies Trust, said:
"OAT is a Trust with a strong reputation, taking on some of the toughest challenges in education. We support 31 academies across the country and celebrate hundreds of pieces of good news from our schools every year, which are regularly featured in local, regional, trade and national news. Of course all schools have to deal with issues every once in a while, but they are far outweighed by the positive examples of the work that goes on every day. From our work supporting students to access the best universities, to our enrichment programme that gives children opportunities that would normally only be the preserve of their more advantaged peers, OAT is determined to be the trust that makes the biggest difference and we are known for the positive impact we are achieving in disadvantaged and coastal communities across the UK. The framework amount cited in the article is the very upper limit of the OJEU procurement. This is to provide long term flexibility, but we do not anticipate spending this much. The brief, which is being tendered competitively, is to support all of our current schools and those joining with marketing, media management, social media, reputation management, training and fundraising solutions. OAT chooses to outsource elements of professional services support in this way as we are determined that teaching staff are able to stay focused on delivering the highest standards of education to our intake."
* NB: This story has been updated to include a statement from Ormiston Academies Trust, which was received after it was published.