"79% of academies and free schools are already Good or Outstanding and highly trusted by parents. With over 50% of pupils now in academies the time is right to broaden public confidence in academy trusts. Academy trusts are the single legal entity responsible for the education of all pupils in their schools. The quality of scrutiny matters most.
"New School Network’s Academy Ambassadors programme has helped trusts to recruit over 1,300 people from business and the professions to trust boards, bringing expertise in legal, finance and HR to boards. Programmes like ours enhance the board’s ability to robustly challenge and support school leaders, while providing knowledge and skills that can stand up to inspection. We look to Ofsted to similarly put the focus on quality and knowledge to ensure that trusts are treated fairly and inspected by people with high levels of understanding of charity and corporate governance.
"The report poses a question on whether Ofsted should inspect trusts or trust should self-assess. We don’t agree this is an either/or question: light touch inspection at MAT level is likely to be required to rouse public confidence and thorough self and peer evaluation is a requirement of any healthy organisation."