• Trustees beware: know your legal duties!

    If there is a single part of the academy system that needs our urgent attention, it is trusteeship, argues Leora Cruddas There is still much that is misunderstood about the differences between governing a local authority-maintained school, governing a single academy trust and governing a multi-academy trust. At its most extreme, this lack of understanding

    5.00 Feb. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Primary MATs have the widest gender pay gap

    Primary school academy trusts have the largest pay gaps between men and women according to new national data – and senior figures are pointing to the high numbers of female staff in low paid roles as the main reason. The government announced in April 2016 that academy trusts and schools with more than 250 workers

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Takeovers and brand new academies - King's Group is laying its foundations in England

    An academy trust founded by a private firm that runs schools in Europe and the Americas will take over three more schools in the New Year, and has two brand new projects in the pipeline. King’s Group Academies (KGA) will take over College Park Infant School and the Northern Parade Federation (which includes an infant

    5.00 Dec. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Academy trusts will appear in January’s league tables

    Next year, the public will be able to see for themselves how well multi-academy trusts are doing in the school performance league tables for the first time. From January 25 next year, academy trusts will be included alongside individual schools on the Department for Education’s website, as it seeks to make information about trusts more

    5.00 Dec. 8th, 2017 | News

  • Island school reachable only by aeroplane finds academy sponsor

    The only school on the remote Isles of Scilly in the south-west is joining a multi-academy trust with a standalone academy school 28 miles away on the mainland, after it was put into special measures. Five Islands School (pictured), an all-through boarding school, made the front page of Schools Week last year after its ‘inadequate’

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Leading MATs have far more pupils with English as additional language

    The largest multi-academy trusts have far more pupils with English as an additional language – and could be benefiting from having more children who are “easier” to progress. Researchers have identified 13 academy trusts responsible for 12,000 pupils or more, which are dubbed “system leaders” under a new system used by the national schools commissioner.

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Does competition law apply to academy trusts?

    As multi-academy trusts come to dominate in so many areas, concerns are raised about unfair competition and less choice for parents. But the mechanism for challenging a MAT’s dominance is not at all clear, as education law expert Russell Holland explains The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was established in 2014 to combine the functions

    5.00 Nov. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofsted plans MAT inspection changes from 2018

    Ofsted wants to change the way it inspects multi-academy trusts (MATs) from September 2018, according to a senior inspector. Stephen McMullan told the annual conference of the National Co-ordinators of Governor Services in Grantham today that the watchdog was “considering” new ways of inspecting and evaluating MATs. These changes could be implemented as soon as next year. At the

    17.11 Nov. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Essex council plans spin-off multi-academy trust

    Essex county council (ECC) is applying to set up its own multi-academy trust which, if successful, would be the first spin-off local authority trust. The move was confirmed in a council cabinet meeting held last month, and an application will now be made to the Regional Schools Commissioner. Essex is not the first local authority

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • CEOs, CFOs & COOS: How MATs struggle to recruit executives

    Multi-academy trusts with more than five schools increasingly need senior finance, operating and executive officers, but school leaders lack the “reference points” to recruit them, as many have never worked with such roles before. The National Governance Association’s ‘Welcome to a multi-academy trust’ guide states that larger MATs (defined as having between five and 10

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | News

  • £53m MAT growth fund open to trusts without proven record

    £53 million will be made available to help multi-academy trusts (MATs) take on more schools, but the cash is supposedly reserved for trusts with “a proven record” of turning around underperforming schools. But the Department for Education’s own guidance suggests school standards will not be taken into consideration when the grants are handed out, and

    5.00 Oct. 20th, 2017 | News