One small change could make a big difference to MATs

Ditching the permanent tie-ups between schools and multi-academy trusts could transform a system that currently entrenches failure, says Alison Critchley

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Few will have been surprised to see schools that are part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) near both the top and bottom of the latest league tables.

The best academy chains contribute positively to school improvement, and some sponsors are skilled at securing rapid gains in previously underperforming schools by deploying experienced staff from elsewhere in their group. On the other hand, the failures and financial irregularities of many academy trusts are enough to make those of us working with them blush.

The frequency and scale of these problems point to structural difficulties with the way ...

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