Ministers under fire over academy chain collapse

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WEST YORKSHIRE MPs have accused the Government of “incompetence” over the collapse of an academy chain leaving questions over the future of 21 schools.

Education Secretary Justine Greening faced calls for a review of how academies run after Wakefield City Academies Trust announced it was withdrawing its support from the schools on Friday.

Wakefield MP Mary Creagh told the Commons the collapse of the trust came as a “bolt from the blue” for parents and children at the schools affected.

But Ms Creagh also pointed to a report leaked last year on the trust’s multi-million pound deficit and the thousands of pounds it had paid to an education consultant.

Pontefract, Castleford and Normanton MP Yvette Cooper said there has been “huge problems” with the trust over a long period.

She continued: “Isn’t it time she had a full review of the complete failure of local accountability in these multi-academy trusts and also made sure there is enough finance and support in place for the pupils in my constituency to make sure they don’t lose out as a result of this failed management?”

Ms Greening said the Government was taking “swift action” to find new sponsors for the schools affected.

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