Social Mobility: Disadvantaged Areas

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 12:00 am, 11th September 2017

The answer from the Secretary of State on Wakefield City Academies Trust was just not good enough, and not fair on parents, pupils—most importantly—and teachers at Freeston Academy in my constituency and many other academies. They had this announcement in the first week of the new school year—out of the blue—yet it turns out that there have been huge problems with the trust for a long time, on governance, finance, accountability and performance. Her Department has been pushing all of these schools into this model. Is it not time she had a full review of the complete failure of local accountability in these multi-academy trusts, and made sure there is enough finance and support in place for the pupils in my constituency so that they do not lose out as a result of this failed management?