Move will formalise ‘informal network’ that has been meeting behind closed doors for more than a year
A network of powerful academy leaders who have been meeting secretly for more than a year are planning to form a new body to represent academy trust leaders, Tes can reveal.
The termly get-togethers of what is currently known as the Queen Street Group have involved 20 to 30 leaders of some of the biggest academy chains in England, with a broad geographical spread.
The network was created by Toby Salt, formerly the chief executive of Ormiston Academies Trust, which has 32 schools, and Marc Jordan, the CEO of the Creative Education Trust, which has 11.
Professor Salt described the group as an “informal network” and said its discussions had been held on a Chatham House rule basis, so he was unable to discuss what subjects the chief executives had been discussing.
LucyJ Education Correspondent