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Lords debates multi-academy trusts

7 April 2022

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On Thursday 31 March members of the House of Lords debated the growth of multi academy trusts (MATs) in the school system, and the ways in which strong MATs can demonstrate their impact on the education of young people. 


Lord Lingfield (Conservative), chairman of the Institute for Further Education, opened the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.   

Members speaking  

Members speaking in the debate included:  

  • Baroness Blower (Labour), former teacher and former Acting General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT)
  • Baroness Fleet (Conservative), former member of the City of London Education Board 
  • Lord Storey (Liberal Democrat), former headteacher and Liberal Democrat spokesperson for education.

Baroness Barran (Conservative), Minister for the School System, responded on behalf of the government.

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Watch and read the debate 

Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript of the debate in Lords Hansard.  

Explore background information 

Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing. 

Learn more about how the House of Lords checks and challenges government.   

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