"Any organisation that receives public funding should be privy to scrutiny on their spending to ensure these vital resources are channelled where they are needed most. The success of MATs stems from their autonomy on decision making, but that model is reliant on an effective board. This must be made up of trustees with the right set of skills to able to hold a CEO to account. The Academy Ambassadors programme at NSN places highly experienced business leaders and professionals on MAT boards to bring their commercial acumen and strong financial stewardship."
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"It is fantastic to see the Secretary of State reaffirm the importance of innovation in the free school policy, as well as to commit to more special and alternative provision free schools, as recommended in our recent report Free schools: the next 10 years.
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Responding to a new survey of multi-academy trusts by The Key, Director of New Schools Network, Unity Howard, said:
"It is vital that Government policy focusses on areas of the country that have been left behind and schools that have been struggling for decades. To deliver the high expectations parents want from our schools, equal scrutiny for Ofsted inspections is essential, particularly under the new framework.
"It is deeply concerning that 20% of families failed to gain a place at their first preference school as demonstrated in this report. It is an injustice that in many parts of the country, parents have no option other than to send their children to schools that are not good enough. Children only have one chance at an education and they must be able to have the best possible.
Michaela Community School celebrates its first GCSE results today. The school opened in Wembley in 2014 and was rated Outstanding in 2017 and has an about average number of disadvantaged pupils. Michaela's first cohort has a lot to be proud of:
Last year, King's Maths School was ranked number two in The Times league table – the only state school in the top 10 – with an incredible 88% of students achieving AAB with 2 facilitating subjects and an average point score of 53.35.
This year, another cohort of students has achieved exceptional results:
100% of grades in A Level Mathematics are A or A* grades, with 90% A* grades