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MATs need to step up to the mark – before it’s too late

Multi-academy trusts can deliver school improvement, but it’s time for a ‘reboot’

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Nearly a third of all schools are now academies or free schools – a fact that is striking enough. Two-thirds of academies are part of the 818 multi-academy trusts (MATs) that have two or more schools – a fact that is even more striking.

I’ll come clean: I have always believed that MATs present a great opportunity to combine deep school-to-school collaboration with formal governance, along with hard-edged accountability.

Previous school partnership initiatives have delivered varying degrees of added value but too many have been overly reliant on the individual heads leading the initiative and ...

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