Ofsted orders removal of 10 schools from major academy chain

The Department for Education is helping E-Act find new sponsors for the schools.

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt said: "Michael Gove is allowing underperformance to go unchecked in academy schools and free schools.

"The complete lack of oversight has meant poor standards of education are allowed to set in. Michael Gove is refusing to take the action that is needed to prevent standards slipping."

A DfE spokesperson said: "We will take swift action to address underperformance in all schools – no matter who controls them. That is as true for academies and free schools as it is for council-run schools.

"We welcome E-Act's decision to hand over a number of their academies to new sponsors. We hope this will mean E-Act can focus on raising standards in their remaining schools."

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