The government needs to explain why it picked certain trusts as sponsors for the schools that belonged to the collapsed Wakefield City Academies Trust, a former shadow education secretary has said, after it emerged they had a variable record of school improvement.
WCAT announced it would close in September, and that its 21 schools would be handed to new sponsors as it could not meet the required levels of quality.
Eight academy trusts were tentatively named in October, but Lucy Powell – who now sits on parliament’s education committee – said the communities served by WCAT’s schools needed assurances that the new sponsors have track records of improvement.
One of the sponsors is Inspiring Futures, which was set up only seven months ago, and will take over the ‘inadequate’-rated Willow Academy in Doncaster. The school was put into special measures in 2013, after which WCAT adopted it, but it fell back into the category again late last year.
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