Policy Roundtable Paper 2: The role of Ofsted in the inspection of multi-academy trusts

Forum Education currently runs four regional networks for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of multi-academy trusts (MATs); in the East Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands; involving approximately 60 MATs across the country.

Forum’s second #MATLeaders policy roundtable event took place in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, on 17th January 2018. This event was held in response to recent public statements by Ofsted regarding its keenness to have an enhanced role in the inspection of multi-academy trusts. In order to gain the views and perspectives of MAT leaders in this important area, Forum Education posed the following key questions to those MAT CEOs, trustees and others attending the roundtable event:

  1. What should any new MAT inspection framework seek to cover?
  2. What should the inspection of MATs look like in practice and who is best placed to inspect and pass judgement on MATs?
  3. How can we ensure that MAT inspection is informed by best practice – from within and beyond the sector – in what is a new and rapidly evolving system?

The discussion at the roundtable event has informed a report, which can be accessed here: FINAL Forum Education Policy Roundtable Spring 2018

To view our previous roundtable report on the recruitment, training and retention of trustees, please visit: Policy Roundtable Paper: Recruiting, Retaining & Training MAT Trustees; September 2017

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