MPs warn not enough evidence for expansion of ‘unaccountable’ multi-academy trusts

Evidence that academy chains can improve pupils’ results is “limited and varied”, MPs have warned, raising “significant concerns” over the accountability of the independently-run trusts.

A new report published by the House of Commons Education Select Committee highlights stark contrasts in the performances of multi-academy trusts (MATs), prompting committee members to argue there is not enough evidence to support their costly expansion. 

While some trusts are producing good results, committee members said others are failing to improve and languishing at the bottom of league tables.

​MATs are the organisations responsible for running groups of academies – schools that are free from local council control and have freedom over areas such as the curriculum and staff pay, but are funded directly by the Government.

Concerns have been raised in recent…

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