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Focused inspection of academies in School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA)

Ofsted has published the outcome letter setting out the results of a focused inspection of SPTA academies.

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Ofsted has today (10 March 2016) published the outcome letter of the focused inspection of academies in the SPTA (School Partnership Trust Academies).

The inspections are part of a concerted programme of action by Ofsted to establish the effectiveness of a multi-academy trust (MAT) in supporting and challenging academy schools within individual chains.

Along with the outcome letter for SPTA, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has today written a letter to the Secretary of State for Education raising his concerns about the findings from the focused inspections of a sample of academies in 7 of the largest MATs.

The letter details the poor oversight, challenge and support provided by the trusts to ensure that pupils in all their academies receive a good quality of education.

The SPTA outcome letter and advice note have been published on the Ofsted website.

Notes to editors

  1. Read the outcome letter The focused inspection of academies in SPTA.
  2. Read the advice note to the Secretary of State for Education about the focused inspections of academies in multi-academy trusts
  3. Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) carried out inspections of 6 academies as part of the focused inspection between 23 and 27 November 2015. Two of these inspections were full inspections and 4 were monitoring visits. The academies were all due for an inspection by the end of this academic year.
  4. The Secretary of State for Education wrote to Ofsted on 23 January 2015 clarifying the arrangements for the focused inspection of academies. In the first week, Ofsted inspects a number of the trust’s academies. Inspectors also hold telephone conversations with other academy principals. In the following week inspectors now visit multi-academy trust central offices and hold discussions with staff from the trust. They consider a range of other evidence alongside the results from the focused inspections.
  5. SPTA was established in 2010. The trust is responsible for 46 academies. There are 28 primary, 13 secondary academies and one all-age academy which have had an inspection. The academies in the trust are dispersed across 11 local authority areas.
  6. The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages. It regulates and inspects childcare and children’s social care, and inspects the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), schools, colleges, initial teacher training, work-based learning and skills training, adult and community learning, and education and training in prisons and other secure establishments. It inspects services for looked after children, safeguarding and child protection.

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Published 10 March 2016