On the 12th January 2017, at 11:15am in Room R of Portcullis House, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education will be meeting to discuss the financial efficacy of Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs).
Since the introduction of their forerunners, City Technology Colleges, in the late 1980s, academy schools have given rise to charged political debate. Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) have become a central feature of the academy programme and hence this ongoing conversation. The £111m identified in the cash reserves of 7 MATs in early 2016 provoked a public outcry, with many questioning why a not for profit body would need to hoard such vast sums. Large chief executive salaries at some MATs and the recent example of financial irregularities at the Perry Beeches Academy Trust did nothing to quell suspicions.
This has, of course, raised questions about the financial relationships between academies and the MATs to which they belong. What services do MATs provide? What procurement areas are typically controlled by the MATs? Do Trusts provide an effective service for the academies they oversee? And, crucially, could costs be reduced?
Using research conducted through interviews with 455 MATs and 252 teachers, and an analysis of 738 MAT websites, Jason Gould of the Education Company has attempted to answer these questions, commissioned by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA).
This APPG for Education meeting will the first time the MAT research will have been presented publically and will be a chance to hear from Jason and explore his findings across eight different key procurement areas, including assessment; Facilities and ICT. He will explore the patterns that are emerging in the relationship between individual academies and the MAT to which they belong, and try to answer the most pressing question: is the MAT model working?
To attend the meeting which is expected to finish by 12:30pm, please respond to the Group’s Secretariat by phone – 020 3642 2754 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org