As per the reports, there is an academy trust in England that has gained the status to be the first one in the entire world to give up all the schools under its name. The trust, established by Sir Ewan Harper who is an architect of academies policy under Tony Blair is named as Education Fellowship Trust. The trust has taken this huge step to ensure financial help for others. In an interview, Lizzie Howe, chief operating officer of The Education Fellowship Trust (TEFT) said that step is caused by “financial constraints facing the education sector and the misalignment of values with the Department for Education”.
The DfE also stated that “agreed to a request from the trust to terminate their funding agreement.” TEFT, which has 6,500 pupils, will now be dissolved. The trust was threatened with having funding scrapped for one of its schools, the Wrenn School in Northamptonshire, by schools commissioner Martin Post in January after Ofsted inspectors rated the school “inadequate”.
The transfer has been stated as aa great move in a letter published on the Wrenn Academy’s website this week. The letter is addressed to the parents of the students and states that “an exciting journey that we will embark on together.” “We guarantee that we will continue to give your child the very best education and opportunities both now and in the future.”
The letter further says that the trust’s only priority now is to “ensure a smooth and timely transfer that minimizes impact on the pupils, staff, parents and local communities at the schools”.
There 12 schools under the Education Fellowship Trust’s are rated differently. While five schools are rated “inadequate”, three are rated “requires improvement” and four of them are rated as “good”.
The schools that have been marked inadequate are Ruskin Junior School and Wrenn School in Wellingborough, Risdene Academy and Rushden Academy near Kettering, and Blackthorn primary academy in Northampton.
The spokesperson of DfE said, “Our priority now is to work with the trust to transfer its schools to new sponsors to drive up standards and ensure all pupils receive an excellent education.”
“We have agreed to a request from the trust” to terminate its funding following ongoing concerns about educational performance at “the majority of its schools.” He added.