Yorkshire academy chain defends spending more than £300,000 on IT deal with firm run by its own boss

AN ACADEMY chain in Yorkshire has paid close to £450,000 to companies belonging to its chief executive and his daughter, figures reveal.

Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) has defended the spending for IT services for its schools and clerking work which it says was done through a competitive tendering process.

Read more at: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/education/yorkshire-academy-chain-defends-spending-more-than-300-000-on-it-deal-with-firm-run-by-its-own-boss-1-8196191

After Wakefield: ‘Questions must now be asked about whether the whole model of academies and multi-academy trusts is 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.

Read on… https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/after-wakefield-questions-must-now-be-asked-about-whether-whole

2 thoughts on “Yorkshire academy chain defends spending more than £300,000 on IT deal with firm run by its own boss

  1. Xinsider
    What is needed is the WCAT Financial Statement for 2017 which will identify exactly what has been going on regarding financial probity and administration. This should also give you your answer.

    However, the DfE still won’t release the alreay late Financial Statement 2017 despite FOIs and increased media, NEU, WCAT schools and parental pressure,

    From published minutes already, there is clear evidence of maladministration and lack of probity. The Financial Statement 2017 will provide greater detail and whether there may be potential evidence of criminality.

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