The TES is reporting that Ofsted has found that AET – the country’s largest academy chain – is “failing too many pupils”
In a letter published this morning, the watchdog said almost half of the Academies Enterprise Trust’s (AET) secondary pupils attended schools rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement”, and that the performance of the trust’s secondary schools was “mediocre”.
Four in 10 of its primary pupils attended schools rated less than good, Ofsted said. The regulator added that children from poor backgrounds did “particularly badly” in the trust – which runs 67 schools – and that attendance levels were “unacceptably low”.
But Ian Comfort, AET’s chief executive, said the trust’s schools were improving and that Ofsted had only visited a small proportion.
He told TES that he wanted a better process for inspections of academy chains and that he would not resign…[The Ofsted letter] says…
“A few secondary academies can point to marked improvements in pupils’ rates of progress and improved attainment,”
“In others, however, attainment has dropped significantly. This calls into question the effectiveness and impact of the trust’s improvement strategies.”
It said the trust must improve the attainment of disadvantaged pupils “as a matter of urgency”.
Read or download the letter from ofsted in full at:
Thoughts and reactions to the letter or (from the full article) the defence from AET’s Ian Comfort?
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