PAC report highlights fragmentation of schools system

Commenting on the report by the Public Accounts Committee, Academy Accounts and Performance, Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Layla Moran, who sits on the committee, said: “This report shows the risks which come from the increasing fragmentation of the schools system, and erosion of scrutiny and oversight, which has resulted from the Conservative’s ideological drive to create more and more academy schools. 

“Parents will no doubt be concerned that a lack of accountability will be jeopardising the quality of education their children receive. 

“I’m in no doubt we need far greater oversight and scrutiny of academies and am pleased that this report recommends a number of steps towards this.

“The Liberal Democrats believe multi-academy trusts should be subject to the same inspections as local authorities, and that we need to return more power to local councils to oversee schools in their local areas.”

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