Academies: Standards

Department for Education written question – answered on 25th July 2016.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what performance measures her Department plans to use to determine whether a Multi Academy Trust is permitted to expand.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

When schools are converting to academy status as part of a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) or joining an existing MAT, it is the Regional Schools Commissioner’s (RSC) role to decide, on behalf of the Secretary of State, whether to approve or decline the application.

When schools are converting to academy status as part of a MAT or joining an existing MAT, the RSC will want to be assured that the governance and leadership of the MAT is clear and robust and that the MAT has the capacity to drive improvement across all schools within it. Consideration will include, amongst other things, Ofsted judgements and published performance measures in relation to progress and attainment of academies already within the MAT, how these relate to the floor standard, and national and local averages, as well as improvement over time. The RSC will also consider the performance of the academy applying to join the MAT.

The White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, committed to increasing accountability by publishing data to show how MATs are performing. We began to deliver on this with the publication earlier this month of MAT performance measures for 2014-15, which can be found on GOV.UK at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/multi-academy-trust-performance-measures-2014-to-2015

A key benefit of an academy-based system is that it can be responsive to performance, and the White Paper committed to testing further how we can develop a system with the right balance of intervention, review and stability. We want to continue to engage widely on this in upcoming months.

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