Let councils run academy chains, say MPs

The BBC is reporting that MPs have said that local authorities in England should be able to form their own academy chains.

The Commons Education Committee report echoes councils’ calls to be allowed to use their expertise to help boost performance in failing academies. 

“There remains a high degree of uncertainty about the effectiveness of Mats, and there is not yet the evidence to prove that large-scale expansion would significantly improve the school landscape,” says the report. 

“Only time will tell whether multi-academy trusts are more successful than local authorities at creating and supporting high-performing schools and tackling underperformance.”

Ofsted’s latest annual report found some trusts “showed the same weaknesses as the worst performing local authorities”. 

Neil Carmichael, who chairs the committee, said that while some trusts produced excellent results and made “a valuable contribution to our education system, a considerable number are failing to improve and are consistently at the bottom of league tables”. 

“If the government is to pursue the goal of further academisation, it will need to work with local authorities and allow those councils with a track record of strong educational performance to use their expertise within their education department to create MATs,” said Mr Carmichael.

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