Education Committee

Multi-academy trusts inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Oral evidence sessions were held on 15 June and 6 July 2016. Further evidence sessions will be held later in the year.

Scope of the inquiry

The Education Committee invites written submissions addressing the following points:

  • The role of MATs in the context of other intermediate structures operating between Whitehall and individual schools, including Regional Schools Commissioners
  • The current MATs landscape, including in terms of the number, size, and geographical coverage of MATs
  • The balance of decision-making at the individual school level and at the chain level, and the appropriateness of formal governance structures employed
  • How the expansion of MATs should be monitored and managed
  • The characteristics of high-performing MATs
  • How the performance of MATs should be assessed
Terms of reference: Multi-academy trusts

Latest evidence

  • 07 Sep 2016 - Multi-academy trusts - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF314 KB) HC 923 | Published 09 Sep 2016

    Evidence given by Dr Melanie Ehren, Reader in Educational Accountability and Improvement, UCL Institute of Education, Professor Merryn Hutchings, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University, Natalie Perera, Executive Director, and Karen Wespieser, Senior Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research; Paul Barber, Director, Catholic Education Service, Reverend Steve Chalke, Founder, Oasis Community Learning, Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association, Reverend Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer, Church of England Education Office, and David Wilson, Director, Freedom and Autonomy for Schools, National Association.

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  • 13 Jul 2016 - Multi-academy trusts - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF302 KB) HC 923 | Published 15 Jul 2016

    Evidence given by Sir Steve Lancashire, Chief Executive, REAch2 Academy Trust, David Moran, Chief Executive, E-ACT, Lucy Heller, Chief Executive, Ark, and Barbara Daykin, Executive Head Teacher, Little Mead Academy Trust; Councillor Richard Watts, Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People Board, Local Government Association, Emma Knights, Chief Executive, National Governors' Association, Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT, and Russell Hobby, General Secretary, National Association of Head Teachers

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  • 15 Jun 2016 - Multi-academy trusts - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF375 KB) HC 923 | Published 21 Jun 2016

    Evidence given by Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education, and Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills, Ofsted.

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