Steve Lancashire

What the MAT ecosystem needs is collaboration

Given the rapid growth of multi-academy trusts, the regulators and the regulated need to work together to ensure that it is a system based on self-improvement

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The news that multi-academy trusts will soon be subject to government health checks should be welcomed by MATs themselves. These school MOTs, which will test whether they are roadworthy and in a position to take on more schools, signal that the regulatory regime wrapped around academies and MATs is maturing.

One misconception that persistently bounces around the sector is that, as academies, we are not as accountable as maintained schools. This is simply not true. Having been a head both in schools under council control and in academies, I can say very straightforwardly that the level of ...

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