Children’s education being ‘damaged’ by academy failures, MPs warn

According to The Independent, the government’s oversight and intervention of academy chains must be more “rigorous” to prevent any more serious failures from happening again, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said.

A PAC report adds that academy trusts are still not sufficiently transparent or accountable to parents – despite evidence showing that some academy chains have misused public money.  

The report highlights the failings at the controversial Bright Tribe Trust, which allegedly received government funds for building and fire safety work which was left unfinished or not done at all. 

The government should strengthen the sanctions regime for academy trustees and leaders to deter, punish and prevent malpractice, the MPs say.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the “damning” report highlights how parents, staff and communities are being “ignored or side-lined” by academy trusts.

The report also highlights that nearly one in four schools have still not come forward with the information the DfE needs regarding asbestos in school buildings.

A DfE spokesperson said: “We do not accept the PAC’s negative characterisation of academies, in which standards of education have risen for thousands of pupils.”

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