John Roberts

How parent power has been crushed by MATs

Academy trusts can’t be held to account by local parents, campaigners warn

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From the creation of league tables to allowing people to express a preference for the school that their child will attend, promoting the interests of parents has been the focus of education reforms for decades.

But in recent years, concerns have been raised that the parental voice is getting lost in a fast-changing schools system. There are fears that the multi-academy trust model has made it more difficult for parents to reach those responsible for decisions at their children’s schools.

“When the academy trust model was being set up, it was not being designed with the thought that the whole ...

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