Secrecy claims around Wakefield City Academies Trust demise

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Parents and politicians claim they have been kept in the dark over the collapse of an academy trust which ran 21 schools across Yorkshire. Just days into the new term, Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) announced it was giving up … Continue reading

Academy trusts spend millions on uninspected private alternative provision

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Multi-academy trusts spend three times as much on private alternative provision as they do on local authority alternative provision – even though many private providers have never been checked by Ofsted. Schools Week asked the largest multi-academy trusts to give … Continue reading

Uncertain future after failing academy trust pulls out of schools

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YOUNGSTERS at two schools face an uncertain future after the shock announcement that their academy chain will be wound up following disappointing exam results. The board at Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT) — which runs Swinton Brookfield Primary Academy and … Continue reading

Trickett backs “irresistable” case for devolution and a Yorkshire mayor

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MOMENTUM behind plans for a Yorkshire mayor to shift power from Whitehall to the region will grow further today with the support of a senior Labour figure. Shadow Cabinet minister Jon Trickett will call for a “single elected voice for … Continue reading

Labour ‘cannot become the new nasty party’, Angela Eagle warns

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Labour risks becoming the “new nasty party”, leadership candidate Angela Eagle has warned. Ms Eagle borrowed Theresa May’s famous 2002 description of the Conservatives as she called for action from the Labour leadership on “abuse, misogyny, homophobia (and) anti-Semitism” affecting … Continue reading