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Multi-academy trusts: Dr Melanie Ehren speaks at Commons Education Committee

13 September 2016

Education Committee Mel Ehren

Dr Melanie Ehren, Reader in Educational Accountability and Improvement, spoke at the House of Commons Education Committee on 7 September.

Dr Ehren warned that the level and quality of collaboration between schools within a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) varied, adding that collaboration was often merely "copying and pasting" best practice from one school to the other, with little consideration of each school's context.

On the subject of autonomy, Dr Ehren said:

" "We've been talking to teachers who tell us their Trust requires them to follow scripted lesson plans and test children every 2-3 weeks. That's not autonomy."

Dr. Ehren also emphasised the need for a measure of the performance of trusts, saying that the quality of their work is more than the aggregate student performance of their schools. She explained that such a measure needed to include metrics around 'network-level outcomes' of the trust, such as providing a high quality whole through education for children.


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