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Regional Schools Commissioners and the performance of multi-academy trusts

By Ben Durbin

Substantial and increasing numbers of English schools are run by Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), and yet we currently have no consistent and agreed upon method for assessing how well these MATs are performing.

This is one of the issues that was touched upon during yesterday’s Select Committee hearing on Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs), which I was invited to appear before. Continue reading


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What is a coasting school?

By Matt Walker

Writing recently in the Sunday Telegraph, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, has said that she will introduce new powers to intervene in coasting schools. These schools, she said ‘will be put on immediate notice and be required to work with our team of expert headteachers. Those that aren’t able to demonstrate a clear plan for improvement will be given new leadership’. The proposals will be in a new bill due to be introduced in the Queen’s Speech today.
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