Nicky Morgan: Ofsted to inspect but not judge academy chains

The TES is reporting that Ofsted has been given the green light to take a closer look at the work of groups running chains of academies…

In a letter, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said the inspectorate should be able to publish information about the performance of multi-academy trusts (MATs).

But it must not give an overall “binary” judgment about whether a trust is effective or not…

Setting out new rules for academy trust inspections in her letter today, the education secretary said that the watchdog should continue conducting “batch” inspections of academies that are all run by the same trust.

She goes on to say that she would expect that Ofsted would meet with staff from the MAT shortly after these inspections have taken place.

She said: “They should share and discuss the evidence already gathered and collect and consider further evidence to demonstrate the impact of the MAT’s work with its academies.

“While the focus must remain on the academies that have been inspected, I agree the dialogue should include consideration of achievement and other relevant data for all of the MAT’s academies…

The education secretary adds that she is pleased that Sir Michael agrees that a simple “binary judgment of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the MAT is inappropriate”.

There will be no formal extension of Ofsted’s inspection powers…

More at: Nicky Morgan: Ofsted to judge performance of academy chains

 

See Nicky Morgan’s letter at the DfE website: Academy inspections: Nicky Morgan writes to Ofsted

 

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Comments

  1. Janet2

    Business as usual, then.  Morgan admits she’s not  going to ‘propose any
    formal extension to Ofsted’s remit.’

  2. AndyDefinite

    SchoolsImprove That’s a sort of perverse voyeurism!The Academy chains need more than just a peeping Tom if their failings are to be exposed

  3. AndyDefinite

    SchoolsImprove Morgan could start by looking at Griffin and MAT in their happy little Warwickshire schools! Talk to their fearful staff!

  4. Janet2

    Morgan says it’s the EFA’s remit to investigate the use of public money by MATs.  But individual academy accounts are consolidated into MAT accounts.  These in turn are consolidated into DfE accounts.

    Misuse of public funds can therefore be lost.  Ofsted inspection of MATs could reveal concerns which would be passed to EFA to investigate.  Morgan appears to be preventing this.  Could it be because £12m+ has been handed to academy trusts in emergency hand-outs, one of which is the chain associated with schools minister Lord Nash?

    http://schoolsweek.co.uk/12-6m-emergency-hand-outs-for-22-schools/

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Is there much point if they can’t be judged? Maybe schools would like to opt out of judgements too but won’t have the option

  6. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The lack of end judgement makes one wonder what they think they might find & therefore what they want to hide. Transparency?

  7. andylutwyche

    AndyDefinite SchoolsImprove My point too. Why are they different? It they are doing the job properly they have nothing to worry about

  8. andylutwyche

    AndyDefinite SchoolsImprove My point too. Why are they different? It they are doing the job properly they have nothing to worry about

  9. andylutwyche

    gavinboyd2012 SchoolsImprove This decision does rather invite the accusation of preferential treatment for “party donors”

  10. getcarter66

    SchoolsImprove To inspect but not judge? Waste of public £. Inspections can cost thousands-Wages, Hotels & not forgetting M&S biscuits? /-:

  11. gavinboyd2012

    andylutwyche Donating money to Tory party can make things happen. Ask ‘schools minister’ Lord Nash & carpet salesman Lord Harris.

  12. JojJojoelle

    SchoolsImprove This is the equivalent of committing a crime, but having no charges or consequences. How are any failings going to be…1/3

  13. JojJojoelle

    SchoolsImprove exposed and changed? This defeats the whole object and purpose of inspections. It also is a blatant statement that party2/3

  14. JojJojoelle

    SchoolsImprove donors are exempt from what schools are subjected too. There’s not that option for schools. They have to endure judgements!

  15. rob_kelsall

    g56g SchoolsImprove What are they trying to hide? DfE academy brokers are constantly boasting about A* Sponsors then refuse to name them.

  16. rob_kelsall

    g56g SchoolsImprove What are they trying to hide? DfE academy brokers are constantly boasting about A* Sponsors then refuse to name them.

  17. CllrRalphBerry

    rob_kelsall g56g SchoolsImprove they appoint governors organise reorganise rename and top slice more than LA’s, it’s sell off preparation

  18. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove
    Hey that make sense. We teach the children to be fair but somehow that doesn’t seem. You got to love English education.

  19. MikesuziNZ

    SchoolsImprove
    Hey that make sense. We teach the children to be fair but somehow that doesn’t seem. You got to love English education.

  20. AlfredoNokez1

    SchoolsImprove Why such double standards & protectionism towards these private chains? That’s what they are now! #corrupt

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