Majority of MATs achieve ‘below average’ progress for 16 to 18-year-olds


New data released by the government today shows 54 per cent of multi-academy trusts achieved a below or well-below-average progress scores for their sixth formers last year.

For the first time, the Department for Education has published MAT league tables for 16 to 18 provision, covering 50 academy trusts across England. The tables rank the trusts based on a level 3 “value-added” score, which rates progress made during sixth form.

Today’s data shows average progress at 26 of the 50 trusts included was “below-average”, while progress at one chain, the Swale Academies Trust, was “well below average”.

However, the government pointed out that the low progress scores among MATs relative to other schools is “largely” because they run so many sponsored academies, previously failing schools which have lower progress scores than other institutions.

Twenty MATs achieved an average progress score, while just three, Aldridge Education, the Inspiration Trust and the Diocese of London, were above average.

Celebrated trusts including the Harris Federation and United Learning are among those rated below average. Other large trusts with a below average score include the Academies Enterprise Trust, David Ross Education Trust, Leigh Academies Trust and E-Act.

The data also shows that pupils at the MATs included in the data made less progress than those in other state-funded mainstream schools.

In particular, non-disadvantaged pupils scored a much lower average progress score, close to -0.08, in the MATs, than they did in other schools, where they achieved an average score of just over 0.

According to the government, the differences in progress between students in MATs and those in all mainstream institutions is “statistically significant”.


How the trusts fared


Above average (3)

Aldridge Education

Diocese of London

Inspiration Trust


Average (20)

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT)

ARK Schools

Brooke Weston Trust

Diocese of Oxford

Diverse Academies Trust

Dixons Academy Trust

East Midlands Education Trust

Education Central Multi Academy Trust

Invictus Education Trust

Kent Catholic Schools Partnership (KCSP)

Oasis Community Learning

Ormiston Academies Trust

Outwood Grange Academies Trust

The Castle School Education Trust

The Redhill Academy Trust

The Skinners’ Company

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust

Tudor Grange Academies Trust

Wellsway School Academy Trust

Woodard Academies Trust


Below average (26)

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET)

Aspirations Academies Trust (AAT)

CfBT Education Trust

City of London Academies Trust

Creative Education Trust

David Meller

David Ross Education Trust (DRET)

Delta Academies Trust (Delta)


FPTA Academies (Fort Pitt Grammar School and The Thomas Aveling School)

Grace Foundation

Greenwood Academies Trust

Harris Federation 11

Kemnal Academy Trust, The (TKAT)

Leigh Academies Trust

Loxford School Trust Ltd

Matrix Academy Trust

Northern Education Trust

Northern Schools Trust

Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust

The Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust

The Education Fellowship Trust

The Haberdashers’ Livery Company

The Priory Federation of Academies Trust

Transforming Education in Norfolk (the TEN Group)

United Learning


Well below average (1)

Swale Academies Trust

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