The TES is reporting that the Chair of Whole Education John Dunford writes that multi-academy trusts (MATs) will be the future for primary schools.
Multi-academy trusts rooted in school improvement, professional development and high-quality teaching, learning and assessment are the right way forward, says the chair of Whole Education.
The future for small and medium-sized primary schools lies in multi-academy trusts (MATs), and this week a large number of schools will formally come together in MATs in every part of England. Some will have taken on academy status in order to join or create a MAT; others will already be academies. All are acting on the belief that they will do better in partnership than acting alone. And they are right.
Nobody should take the formation of a MAT lightly. It is a huge amount of work, which falls mainly on the headteacher and business manager of the partnership or lead school.
MATs that are rooted in school improvement, professional development and high-quality teaching, learning and assessment are the right way forward for many schools. For primary schools particularly, or for cross-phase MATs, the opportunities for pupils and staff will be hugely increased. This is a reform worth supporting.
Do you think that MATs are the future for primary schools? Let us know in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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