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News - 4 August 2014

Ofsted: Academy Trust not improving fast enough.

 

 
Ofsted has, as part of routine inspections, found five, out of six, in Schools Partnership Trust (SPTA) were not offering good quality education. One school was downgraded to an "inadequate" rating by Ofsted.
 
Ofsted inspected the six schools over a 10-day period in June and sought further information on how SPTA has been performing on school improvement.
 
It said concerns had been raised about how well it was performing.Four of the academies still required improvement, Ofsted said, although two of these had begun to improve.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“The judgements are significant because putting poor performing schools under the leadership of non-profit-making academy trusts or sponsors is the government's key engine of school improvement. Ofsted inspectorate is not allowed to inspect academy chains in the same way as it inspects local education authorities.”
 
The inspections also highlighted key weaknesses in the schools, such as inconsistent teaching that does not challenge pupils enough and low standards at the end of primary school. This meant too many pupils had been ill-prepared for secondary schools, Ofsted said.
 
It also said governors lacked expertise to challenge senior leaders on teaching quality.
 
SPTA is the third chain to be criticised by Ofsted, with critical letters recently sent to both the Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) and the E-ACT Trust - one of England's biggest academy organisations.
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
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