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ULT expands Academy empireThe United Learning Trust was told to stop expanding its empire after Ofsted branded its 2 Sheffield Academies ‘inadequate’. Yet this week ULT have been allowed to take over another Academy chain, the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Academies. The addition of these 4 schools take it to 21 secondary schools.

This is the beginning of the process that most people who campaign against Academies have predicted – the growth of monopoly education providers. ULT is now larger than many local authorities.

Some important questions need to be asked about this:

  • How can ULT, which was told by the government to stop expanding its empire after it’s 2 Academies in Sheffield were branded inadequate by Ofsted, be allowed to continue to expand?
  • When a school changes proprietor – do staff, parents or pupils have a say, or are they simply part of the furnishings?
  • Has any money changed hands?
  • ULT will now make some savings on economies of scale. Will any staff lose jobs at Emmanuel? Will all money be ploughed back into education?
  • In the future will all companies plough all money back in?

This is a worrying development, and one celebrated by Michael Gove in this press release.
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