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Is the Academy Trust system broken?

Is the Academy Trust system broken?

'When running publicly funded schools becomes an opportunity for business people to make private financial gains, then something has gone badly wrong' – one MP reflects on the WCAT scandal  


Wakefield Council has called for the police to investigate the collapsed Wakefield City Academy Trust (WCAT), which brings together 21 schools, five in my constituency.

I am not surprised. Weeks ago, I asked the National Audit Office to begin an investigation into how WCAT was run. They are in the process of doing so. And some disturbing facts are beginning to emerge.

This week, I and two colleagues met the secretary of state to discuss the issues raised. Justine Greening wanted only to talk about what happens next.

Obviously, the future education of the children is important, as is that of the schools and staff. But I was determined that we equally addressed what happened in WCAT because it exposes systemic problems in our education system.

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