Schools leader launches defence of academy trusts

The Confederation of School Trusts’ chief executive Leora Cruddas will launch a defence of academies today by claiming England’s state schools are living through an “education renaissance” driven by charitable trusts. Tes reports.

She will tell the CST’s spring conference, in London, that trusts run schools in which 50 per cent of children are now taught. 

Ms Cruddas will say these trusts have at their heart a “core charitable purpose to advance education for the public benefit – to make children and young people’s lives better”.

But she will warn that the narrative about academy trusts has become “dominated by those who want to believe the motive is about business interest.”

“Trusts are groups of schools working in collaboration as one entity to improve and maintain high educational standards across the group,” Ms Cruddas will say.

“They improve their children’s education by sharing ideas and expertise with each other. They help their local communities thrive by giving children the best opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom.”

She will also highlight how academy trusts can work together on areas such as curriculum, assessment and behaviour.

“We are contributing to creating a great education system and making a better world. We are living through an education renaissance – a re-birth of a conversation about ethics, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment – and how education charities that run schools are the enablers of these most important professional conversations.”

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