Multi-academy trusts Chief Executives questioned by Committee

13 July 2016

The Education Committee questions witnesses on Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) performance, growth and governance, including the removal of parent governors, as well as the role of local authorities.


Wednesday 13 July 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Sir Steve Lancashire, Chief Executive, Reach2 Academy Trust
  • David Moran, Chief Executive, E-Act
  • Lucy Heller, Chief Executive, Ark
  • Barbara Daykin, Executive Head Teacher, Little Mead Academy Trust

At 10.30am

  • 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
  • Russell Hobby, General Secretary, NAHT

Chair's comment

Neil Carmichael MP, Education Committee Chair, commented on the launch of the inquiry:

"Multi-Academy Trusts play a substantial role in today's education system but with relatively little scrutiny.

The Government's direction of travel towards a fully academised system means we will see more MATs in the future. As studies released this week show some MATs deliver great results for their pupils but it's important that all academies and trusts meet the highest educational standards.

We want to examine the role and governance of MATs and ensure we have a system which ensures these academy chains deliver excellent performance while being properly held to account"

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