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NFER Academy Factsheet for the election.

NFER Academy Factsheet for the election.

Two-thirds are run by Multi-Academy Trusts Roughly two-thirds (65%) of academies work together with others in academy chains governed by a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), according to data from the Department for Education. That’s counting converter and sponsor led academies at primary, secondary and middle school level. The number of MATs has rapidly increased since 2011 from 391 in March 2011 to 1,121 in November 2016. In 2015, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised DfE for allowing academy chains to grow in size without independent assessments of their capacity and capability to do so.

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