The chair of the House of Commons Education Select Committee has written to Lord Agnew, the minister with responsibility for the school system and school governance, raising “concerns over a lack of transparency and accountability” in the multi academy trust (MAT) system.
The issues addressed in the letter include a lack of communication to parents and an overlap between the roles of regional schools commissioners (RSCs), Ofsted and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in the accountability system. The committee suggests that RSCs publish scorecards for trusts, combining financial and performance information, to complement their ‘growth checks’ and improve transparency about decision making. The letter also raises concern about MATs “stripping assets from their schools”.
NGA agrees with the committee when it comes to the importance of transparency in the school system; governing boards can play their part in this by ensuring a culture of openness and genuine stakeholder engagement in their schools or trusts.