Thu 5 August 2010, The Independent

Lessons learned: What can the successes – and failures – of the largest sponsor teach us about the academies programme?

By Richard Garner
It was the only academy sponsor to suffer the ignominy of being blacklisted, under former Education Secretary Ed Balls, as ineligible to open any new schools, after three that it ran had poor Ofsted inspections. Now though, the United Learning Trust (ULT), a Christian charity, is very much back in the thick of things as the new coalition Government seeks to give a "rocket boost" to the whole academies programme, and promotes the creation of new, "free" schools run by parents, teachers and faith groups.
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