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"journey of systematic improvement" for Multi Academy Trust.

"journey of systematic improvement" for Multi Academy Trust.

A large academy trust has been praised by Ofsted for its “journey of systematic improvement” after a focused inspection at seven of its schools.

The Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), which has 27 primary schools across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk, was commended for its “wholehearted commitment to improving the life chances of pupils”.

Of seven schools inspected in October, three were rated ‘good’, three ‘requires improvement’ and one ‘inadequate’. In five of the schools, leadership and management were ‘good’.

The trust was established in 2013 and had grown from one school to 18 by the end of 2015, but according to Ofsted, “weaknesses in the diligence process” and a “lack of central capacity” meant that it struggled to meet the different needs of growing numbers of schools.

In 2016, pupils’ attainment was below national figures at key stages 1 and 2, persistent absences were higher than average and disadvantaged students “did not perform well”.

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