In a speech to the Education Policy Institute on Tuesday 3 July, Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman spoke about the inspection of schools which are part of multi-academy trusts (MATs).
She reported two common misconceptions that inspectors encounter:
that schools in MATs often see themselves as separate to the leadership of the trust rather than part of the same legal entity
that “local governing bodies” are the accountable body for the governance of the school when in fact that is the role of the trust board
Spielman reported that Ofsted will begin a training programme to improve inspectors’ understanding of MAT structures and governance in the autumn as well as engaging with MATs to improve inspection. The full text of the speech, which also touched on the inspection of the curriculum, is available here.