Restrict academy chain expansion, ministers warned

The TES is reporting that the Education Select Committee has flagged up concerns about MAT performance and accountability, and the problem of ‘untouchable’ schools.

The Education Select Committee said it had “significant concerns” about the performance, accountability and expansion of MATs, and called for the government to allow high-performing local authorities to set up their own MATs.

In a report published today, the committee says there is “not yet the evidence to support large-scale expansion” of MATs and urged the government to place “tighter restrictions” on their growth.  

The report casts doubt on the ability of the Department for Education or the Education Funding Agency to cope with the pressure on their financial oversight capabilities that will be created by significant MAT expansion.

It also refers to TES’ investigation into the issue of “untouchable” schools, which academy chains are unwilling to sponsor because they have longstanding problems. 

Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said MATs had “grown too quickly and have proved themselves unable to provide effective and timely support to their schools”.

She added: “The government needs to exercise proper control of MATs, and the select committee’s recommendation that high-performing local authorities should be able to set up MATs is entirely sensible, necessary and welcome”.

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  1. The other problem with MATs is that they aren’t well funded. Despite cutbacks, Local Authorities can come up with a few million of they really need to. If there are serious problems with a MAT…

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