Covid

Academy trusts’ cash stash rises to £3bn despite pandemic pressures

Academy trusts boosted their reserves and surpluses last year despite the upheaval of Covid, official figures show. New Department...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

DfE report: Schools in big MATs shun moves to share responsibility for excluded pupils

Schools in large multi-academy trusts have “refused to engage” in efforts to make them more responsible for excluded pupils...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
News

MATs move to centralise in wake of Covid pressures, study finds

Many multi-academy trusts have moved to centralise HR, finance, health and safety and other policies in the wake of...

Tom Belger
Tom Belger
Opinion

4 key questions to progress the MAT governance debate

The ongoing rhetoric of an emerging and evolving MAT system has been a popular one. In the National Governance...

John Dickens
SAM HENSON
Opinion

How to develop good communication between MAT trustees and local academy committees

It’s vital to develop good communication between MAT trustees and local academy committees, says Sam Henson, who has some...

Expert Contributor
SAM HENSON
Opinion

How can the government better support MATs?

With speculation rife that the national schools commissioner role might disappear, Michael Pain lays out what he thinks DfE...

Expert Contributor
MICHAEL PAIN
News

Studio schools to work more closely with MATs

The controversial studio schools programme has announced a dramatic shift in focus after the tally of those closed or...

Pippa Allen-Kinross
Pippa Allen-Kinross
Opinion

How to lead a successful multi-academy trust

There are lots of ways MATs can improve their schools, writes James Toop, but there’s one common factor needed...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

CEOs at tiny academy trusts paid more than big-chain bosses

Chief executives at some small academy trusts are raking in salaries as high as those with 10 times the...

Jess Staufenberg
Jess Staufenberg