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The rise and rise of multi-academy trusts

MATs will soon dominate the school landscape. Let’s make sure they’re up to it

By Neil Carmichael  

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There has been a significant increase in the number of schools forming or joining multi-academy trusts (MATs). This trend is predicted to continue over the coming years and the government expects that most schools which convert to academy status will join a MAT. But the evidence of their ability to raise pupil performance is limited. While some academies in MATs are high flying, others languish at the bottom of the league tables.

In England, the number of MATs tripled from 394 in 2011 to…

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