‘Vulnerable’ children left at risk by SchoolsCompany Trust

BBC is reporting that an academy chain that ran “chaotic” special needs schools is having its finances investigated by police and facing claims it put children at risk.

Devon County Council said the chain was vetted by the Department for Education.

It said it handed the North, Central and South and West Devon Academies – which taught children who had been excluded from mainstream education, or had learning difficulties or medical issues – to SchoolsCompany in 2015. All schools have now come under new management.

Ofsted inspections of the academies in 2017 and 2018 found them “inadequate” in all categories.

Parents were told one site – in Bideford – was being closed down immediately because of “acute health and safety” failings, including broken water pipes, smashed windows and mouse poison in reach of the children.

Read full article here ‘Vulnerable’ children left at risk by SchoolsCompany Trust

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