Sir Michael Wilshaw comments on high performing multi-academy trusts

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has written a commentary on high performing multi-academy trusts and what they have in common. Here's a brief summary of the key points.

The commentary looks at the below strong-performing MATs:

  • Ark Academy Trust
  • ASPIRE Academy Trust
  • L.E.A.D Academy Trust
  • Leigh Academies Trust
  • REAch2 Academy Trust
  • THe Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust
  • The First Federation Trust

These trusts were selected from a list of MATs that the National Schools acaCommissioner considers to be high performing.

HMI found that these stronger trusts share a set of common characteristics, including:

  • an ability to recruit and retain powerful and authoritative executive leaders, with a clear vision for bringing about higher standards
  • a well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum that equips pupils with a strong command of the basics of English and mathematics, as well as the confidence, ambition and team-work skills to succeed in later life
  • a commitment to provide a high-quality education for all pupils, in a calm and scholarly atmosphere
  • investment in professional development of teachers and the sharing of knowledge and expertise across a strong network of constituent schools
  • a high priority given to initial teacher training and leadership development to secure a pipeline of future talent
  • clear frameworks of governance, accountability and delegation
  • effective use of assessment information to identify, escalate and tackle problems quickly
  • a cautious and considered approach to expansion

While the trusts are diverse in size, composition and geographical reach, it has been identified that common aspects such as authoritative, visible leadership are key factors in determining their success for all pupils.

Read Sir Michael Wilshaw's full commentary here


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