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18 months on from the immediate closure of Harlow Academy (a special school in Mansfield) on safeguarding grounds, Wayne Norrie, CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust and Warren Carratt, CEO of Nexus Multi Academy Trust spoke to Schools Week about what safeguards are needed if we are to ensure a situation like this never happens again.

The Department for Education’s regulatory and commissioning review has addressed some of the systemic problems which inhibited action being taken earlier at Harlow Academy, but Wayne and Warren believe we need to rapidly implement more substantive measures.