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.
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.
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.
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.