The E-Act chain of academies is to lose control of 10 academy schools in England following concerns about their performance which were raised by Ofsted inspectors.
Despite the fact that Department for Education (DfE) officials are now trying to find different sponsors for these 10 schools, E-Act will retain control of the remaining 24 academies within its large chain.
The DfE explained that the decision to reduce its number of academies was taken by E-Act and that the 10 schools have been chosen on the basis that E-Act is not able to support them so well owing to factors such as their geographical location.
In addition, the DfE says that it can be “business as usual” at the schools, but the affected schools have argued that this situation is a “huge distraction”.
Chris Keates of the NASUWT union stressed that this “pass the parcel” approach is “no way to treat children, staff and schools or to support school improvement” as it will cause “uncertainty and anxiety”.
Dr Mary Bousted of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers pointed out that the situation highlighted the need for “proper local oversight of schools” to ensure quick intervention to support school improvement.