Exclusive: National schools commissioner warns against selection within MATs

Sir David Carter questions the government's policies on introducing selection in multi-academy trusts.


A key plank of ministers’ plans to expand academic selection could limit parental choice and “get in the way” of helping bright pupils, the government’s national schools commissioner Sir David Carter has warned.


Sir David has identified two “challenges” for introducing academic selection within multi-academy trusts (MATs).


In a wide-ranging interview with TES, he also:


  • Admitted he lacks powers to force academy trusts to sponsor so-called “untouchable schools” that have deep-rooted challenges.


  • Revealed that his new “health checks” to assess whether MATs should be allowed to expand will not be rolled out until another set of pilots is carried out next year.


The government’s grammar school consultation, which closed this week, included encouragement for “multi-academy trusts to select within their trust” and “establish a single centre in which to educate their most able pupils”.


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