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Amanda Spielman latest speech.

Amanda Spielman latest speech.

Good morning.  And thank you for inviting me to be here today.

David’s invitation specifically asked me to consider what the ‘implications of key system wide challenges are for Ofsted’. So, nice and simple!

Of course these challenges are manifold but for the sake of brevity and focus today I want to consider Ofsted’s perspective on multi-academy trusts, or MATs.

The rate of change in the school landscape continues: in 2016 to 2017 around 1,200 new academies opened.  We are already up to around 900 new academies this year.  In addition, around 100 more multi-academy trusts have opened since August last year. This makes for a total of 1,100 in the system, of which 150 are what Ofsted define as large MATs – that is, with at least 9 constituent schools. Existing MATs continue to grow, as the vast majority of new academies join trusts. And on top of that we have more rebrokerage of existing academies, either into a trust for the first time, or to a different trust when things aren’t working as they should.

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