Academy trust ‘backs Ofsted inspections’

The BBC is reporting that an academy trust says it wants to be open to inspection by Ofsted, after the education secretary appeared to rule out allowing the watchdog to examine groups running academies…

The Co-operative Academies Trust has written to Nicky Morgan and Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw offering to “open doors” to any inspection.

Ofsted can inspect local authorities but not the groups themselves.

The Co-op trust director Frank Norris says regulations should be the same.

His letter is the latest intervention in an argument about the oversight of academies.

He says his trust, which oversees seven schools, should face the same standard of checks as local authorities and calls on other academy trusts to invite inspections from Ofsted.

“I see no good reason why these central functions should not be subject to regular inspection in the same way school-improvement functions in local authorities are inspected,” said Mr Norris, who is a former senior inspector with Ofsted.

“I am also dismayed at the limited comment from academy chains about this issue.

“I have been inspecting schools and local authorities since 1995 and I know how important inspection is to drive up standards,” said Mr Norris.

Schools in his own trust were improving and academies should have nothing to hide from such scrutiny, he added…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Fair play; he’s right when asking why more chains haven’t said the same. Other chains & MPs encouraging conspiracy theories

  2. Janet2

    Co-op trust is right – academy chains should be inspected like LAs.  But Morgan and Gibb both said (Education Questions yesterday) Ofsted could already inspect academy chains and cited recent focused inspections as proof.  But these inspections only inspected individual schools NOT the academy chain head office.

    The EFA has just given the largest multi-academy chain, AET, Financial Notice to Improve.  This follows two critical Ofsted letters re AET.   Surprisingly, there’s been no national publicity.  Is Gov’t trying to keep it quiet?  However, you can read about it here:

  3. amirshah316

    SchoolsImprove local authorities can and have been inspected and so should Trusts that have public money to provide education. No arguments

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