Commenting on the Education Select Committee’s report School Partnerships and Cooperation, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“The NASUWT has been pressing the Government to recognise that no provider of public education should be considered too big to challenge.

“We welcome the Select Committee’s acceptance of arguments made previously by the NASUWT on the need to ensure that sponsors of academies and free schools are held to account on all aspects of their work, both at the level of the individual school and across their span of operation.

“The public has a right to expect that all providers of publicly funded education should be subject to rigorous public scrutiny and should be held to account robustly for their use of public money and the quality of provision for children and young people.

“The best way to secure public trust and confidence is by ensuring there is a truly independent inspection body that operates in the public interest rather than in the interests of the Secretary of State.”

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