Call to ban trustees guilty of MAT mismanagement

Trustees who are found responsible for mismanagement in multi-academy trusts should be banned from working again in the sector, according to the head of a network of academies. Tes reports.

Michael Pain, the chief executive of Forum Strategy, will warn today that a minority of academy trust boards and leaders have risked bringing the sector into disrepute.

He is urging the Department for Education to “take a harder line on trustees that are ultimately found to have been complicit in the mismanagement of multi-academy trusts.”

He said: “If we were in the charities’ sector, some of the practices that are alleged to have taken place in this minority of MATs would result in disqualification from being a trustee or director, and so it should be in education. The DfE needs to replicate this strong position in the academies sector.”

Mr Pain told Tes that the problem with the current system was that it did not do enough to identify individuals responsible for mismanagement in MATs.

Mr Pain will say: “Academy trusts are multi-million-pound organisations with a responsibility – first and foremost – to serve the public; this isn’t a place for amateur governance or leadership.

The annual conference will also look at how academy trusts can grow sustainably and successfully to achieve greater improvement at scale.

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