Senior teacher speaks out about culture of ‘systematic bullying’ at ‘collapsing’ academy trust [EXCLUSIVE]


Written by :  ED SYKES

Wakefield City Academies Trust is currently “collapsing“. And its story highlights the potential for catastrophic failings in the academy system.

Now, a senior ex-employee has spoken out to The Canary. Their account reveals a story of financial abuse, incompetence, and bullying. All at the expense of students’ education.

Financial abuse

On 4 November 2016, Tes (formerly The Times Educational Supplement) leaked a report by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This outlined serious charges of “inadequate” management of public funds by Mike Ramsay, the former interim CEO of Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT). These included paying himself £82,000 for 15 weeks of work. WCAT also paid £440,000 for clerking and IT services to companies Ramsay co-owned with his daughter.

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