The danger of failure in MAT governance

Fears raised over whether board members have the skills to successfully run big, complex organisations

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The new system of multi-academy trusts (MATs) is propelling school governance into uncharted territory – and the collapse of Wakefield City Academies Trust is the most high-profile example yet of how it can go wrong.

Amid financial problems and concerns about academic standards, the MAT announced in September that it would give up all 21 of its academies. The scandal has focused attention on how MAT boards and their members and trustees run schools.

Leora Cruddas, chief executive of the Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association (Fasna) network, is clear that WCAT was “first of ...

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