DfE says it does ‘not accept that there is a gap in assessing the quality of MATs’ education provision’
The Department for Education’s rebuttal of criticism levelled against multi-academy trusts is a “grotesque parody”, a union has said.
The NEU teaching union said the government should “hang its head in shame” over its claim that there is not a “gap” in holding multi-academy trusts (MATs) to account for their performance.
This morning the House of Commons education committee published the government’s responses to four reports published by the committee, including one on MATs.
Responding to the committee’s criticism that there is a “gap in assessing MATs, which neither Ofsted nor regional school commissioners presently fulfil”, the government acknowledged there had to be a system of “clear accountability that includes MATs being held to account at all levels”.
However, the DfE said it set “clear expectations, standards and requirements” – which it held trusts accountable for – and did “not accept that there is a gap in assessing the quality of MATs’ education provision”.