The TES is reporting that the leader of the country’s largest academy chain has said that headteachers of maintained schools have more freedom and autonomy than their peers at schools in multi-academy trusts…
Ian Comfort, who runs the Academies Enterprise Trust, said heads had to “give up their sovereignty” when their school joined a multi-academy trust.
Heads at maintained schools had greater freedoms in important areas such as teachers’ pay and pupil numbers, and were subject to less external scrutiny, he added.
“A headteacher that joins a multi academy trust really has given up a lot of direct control over their own school,” he told TES…
Mr Comfort said, however, that being part of a multi-academy trust brought “huge benefits”.
“You’ve got the ability to work across the group [and] gain expertise from across the group,” he told TES. “You can share resources and, if the trust is run correctly, there are huge benefits of working together and collaborating…”
Interesting perspective – is there something to these comments from Ian Comfort?
Does being part of a multi-academy chain come with a high price in terms of freedom and extra outside scrutiny?
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