Ofsted: Northern MAT ‘failed to secure’ school improvements

Northern Education Trust took on too many poorly performing schools while lacking capacity to turn them around, according to Ofsted.

 

A multi-academy trust in the North of England has “failed to secure” improvements in too many of its schools, Ofsted has said.

 

The inspectorate also concluded that “weak due diligence” meant Northern Education Trust (NET) took on too many poorly performing schools without having the capacity to turn them around.

 

However, the trust has criticised Ofsted for the "lateness" of its report, saying it does not reflect more recent improvements.

 

NET was established in 2012 and runs 20 schools.

 

Ofsted selected the chain for a focused review because of concerns about its performance, with three of its schools receiving pre-warning notices from the Department for Education in 2016.

 

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