Andrew Sutherland

Scotland could yet roll out a welcome for MATs

While critics dismiss England’s academies as unhealthily competitive, the next Scottish governance review may raise questions about whether such a system could work here

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I was fortunate enough attend the Inspiring Leadership conference in Birmingham in June, along with 1,800 participants – mostly headteachers in England.

Much of the discussion was about changes in school governance south of the border. The recent White Paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, set a roadmap for extending multi-academy trusts (MATs) and removing local authorities’ responsibility for the delivery of education. Hearing views about these proposals made me reflect on the governance of Scottish education – and considering what might come out of the government’s governance review in ...

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