Kathryn Gilbertson

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Multi-Academy Trusts (OFSTED Inspection) Bill

Education / 08 December 2021

This Private Members’ Bill is due for a second reading, at the House of Commons, on Friday 28 January 2022.   Jonathan Gullis’ Bill seeks to amend section 5 of the Education Act 2005 to enable OFSTED to inspect the governing bodies of Multi- Academy Trusts (MATs).

This bill intends to close a loophole and so ensure that MATs are accountable, in the same way as individual academies.  In the 2017 Education Committee report, MPs identified that the performance of MATs was not being assessed by OFSTED or school commissioners.  Whilst individual school performance is measured, there is no consistent measurement of any MATs leadership team or a check on their accountability.  So, pupils, parents and teachers have little oversight or transparency over the budgeting, staffing and accountability of a MAT.

The bill would affect MATs and their trustees.  OFSTED inspectors would consider the achievement of pupils, improvement in any school’s underperformance, and identify financial management, leadership, and governance of the MAT.  It is hoped that these measures would prevent further scandals involving large salaries, first-class travel and premium cars being provided for MAT chief executives.

What should you do?  MATs should review their policies and governance strategies, which would include providing training/ revision training to their trustees and executive teams.

We shall update you as these proposals progress. 


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