The BWB Education Forum met on 3 November to discuss governance, growth and accountability in relation to multi-academy trusts. Presented in collaboration with the Key, the event was attended by a variety of eminent education practitioners and thinkers. The discussion was chaired by Lord Nash, Under Secretary of State for Schools, and focused on issues such as:

  • What are the pros and cons of being a MAT in your experience? Is it really only about the money?
  • In your experience, what does a robust, effective and efficient structure for MATs – including optimum number of schools – look like? How can the system best correct mistakes that have been made to date?
  • Academy trusts are accountable for education and financial performance. What is your experience of functions being delegated across different tiers of governance? What works? What doesn’t?
  • What governance challenges have you experienced, for example, understanding the role of members, trustees, local governing bodies, sub committees, advisory board? How does the board interact with the governing bodies? Does the board take a real lead or is it just looking after the financial and regulatory issues?
  • Should MATs be inspected like local authorities?

To read a summary note of the full discussion, please click "download file" below.


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Posted on 05/12/2014 in Legal Updates

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