This article is based on the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance on commissioning high-quality trusts.
What is this guidance for?
This guidance explains how the DfE:
- Judges the quality of academy trusts
- Uses that information to decide which schools to recommend to which trusts
It's part of the government’s plan for all schools to be part of high-quality multi-academy trusts (MATs). Although the aim for this to happen by 2030 has been scrapped, the government is moving schools in education investment areas with consecutive Ofsted ratings below ‘good’ into MATs.
5 new descriptions to measure trust quality
Pillar 1: High-quality and inclusive education The core of what the DfE expects and the starting point for considering a trust’s effectiveness Pillar 2: School improvement Demonstrates the capacity the trust has to offer Pillars 3, 4 and 5: