Through strong leadership at all levels, we have ensured that over the past two years the number of good or outstanding academies in our Trust has doubled from 32% to 64%. Over the same period we have also focussed on reducing the number of academies judged as inadequate. As a consequence, the number of academies judged inadequate has fallen from 29% to 6%. This is in a context where the majority of our academies have been part of our Trust for three academic years or less.
At Key Stage 2, our primary academies exceed the sponsored academies national average for pupils receiving level four or above in Reading, Writing and Maths. These are the key building blocks for the future success of our pupils.
The gap between the proportion of disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged pupils receiving five good GCSEs including English and Maths is now 5.4%, smaller than the national average.
We view the significant improvements since 2013 as a springboard which we are confident will enable us to achieve our vision to ensure all our pupils receive an excellent education. We have robust systems in place to sustain and accelerate progress.
We have been a strong advocate of the policy to allow Ofsted to inspect multi- academy trusts, but are disappointed that the significant achievements of the Trust and our schools have not been sufficiently recognised in the letter published this morning. In January 2015, the Secretary of State wrote to Ofsted, urging inspectors to approach the inspection of MATs as a professional dialogue, which should “include consideration of achievement and other relevant data for all of the MAT’s academies.” The trust feels that the inspection process and the letter have fallen short of the Secretary of State’s recommendation on this occasion.
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