Academy trusts to enter performance league tables


Academy trusts will be ranked in January’s league tables for the first time, as the Department for Education aims to add more transparency to the education system.

From late January next year, anyone will be able to log onto the online school performance table tool – which launched in March 2016 – and see how multi-academy trusts have performed.

Trust bosses have already been informed of the change, which will allow for greater accountability, especially for parents.

The Government has previously published trust performance measures, but they have always been separated from individual school data.

Results of children from a disadvantaged background will also be revealed for the first time, as the Government responds to the parliamentary education committee’s recent inquiry into the work of academy trusts.

The Department for Education said: “As a longer time series builds up and more multi-academy trusts have enough schools with them for long enough to be included in the measures, these measures will become increasingly useful in assessing overall performance.”

Despite the move from the Government, there is still an ongoing debate about whether or not Ofsted should be given permission to inspect academy trusts.

Lord Agnew, the New Academies Minister, believes that a direct inspection of multi-academy trusts would cause confusion throughout the school system.

The Department for Education has acknowledged the need for an evolution in the way trusts are assessed to ensure there is accountability.Each academy – a state school that receives direct funding from the Government – is part of an academy trust, which can either standalone or be formed with other trusts.

Figures from 2016 show that there 5,758 academies, of which 1,618 were stand-alone and 4,140 schools were in multi academy trusts.