Peter Newsam

It’s undemocratic for one person to control academies

The system is crying out for the devolution of power away from the secretary of state, says Peter Newsam

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Last month, Tes featured an important editorial that interrogated the future of the troubled multi-academy trust (MAT) model of school oversight. That this is even in question should cause anyone interested in the state of England’s schools to ask three questions. Firstly, does it make sense for an increasing proportion of England’s schools to be contracted to a single government minister, directly or through MATs? Secondly, how could this defective system be replaced by something better, but without destroying the worthwhile elements of the academy programme? Thirdly, if this was done, which ...

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