There are fears that five underperforming schools in the North East have been left in limbo and unable to improve, after the government intervened in how they are run.
Bright Tribe academy trust, which it asked to step in, says it has withdrawn from taking over two schools in County Durham because it was not financially viable to do so.
The trusts has delayed taking over three others in Sunderland and Northumberland due to issues around pensions liability, and the lease of a boarding hall.
The Department for Education says it is determined to ensure all of the schools do make improvements.
I think that whole policy has now been called into question - and I would certainly likely to continue to question the government about this academies programme - because we cannot have children and their education being disrupted like this.
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Over the coming weeks young people across the region will be waiting anxiously to find out whether or not they've been offered a place at university.
The application process, run by UCAS, has now closed - but for those who've chosen not to go down the academic route, this time of year can be a frustrating one.
Now one North Yorkshire MP is calling for apprenticeships to be treated exactly the same as university applications.
Rishi Sunak believes without a UCAS system, young people looking for an apprentice scheme are often ignored, with very little information or help available to them.
Daniel Hewitt has been finding out more:
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