When will they ever learn?
The NASUWT has always said that there is no evidence that structural change raises standards. We have always said that multi academy trusts are no more successful at supporting schools than local authorities.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK was repeating that message after the Education Select Committee report into multi academy trusts.
“The haste and aggression with which the Government has pursued its academisation policy has led to a worrying lack of democratic oversight of multi academy trusts”, she said. The regular reports and serious concerns about financial practices, admissions arrangements and working practices in several trusts, supports the NASUWT view.
Ms Keates went on to say, “Greater regulation and transparency is needed to ensure public confidence that all MATs operate effectively and in the public interest. The Committee suggests that the Government needs to work with local authorities with strong track records in education to create MATs”.
Government ministers have spent the last six and half years systematically stripping councils of their resources to improve education. This process continues, and at a time of continued austerity, enormous sums of public money are being diverted to support the Government’s academisation programme, with little or no evidence that children’s education has benefited. When will the Dfe ever learn?