Academies – asset stripping, profit-making and disempowering?

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm

Academies hit the news when something has gone wrong sometimes amid accusations against the sponsor or multi-academy trust (MAT) involved. But what is really happening inside these organisations? This session will consider how MATs are structured to accommodate different schools and the use of partnership/holding company arrangements. There will be a particular focus on the delegation of powers to individual schools and the level of decision-making retained at board level. The session will also explore how MATs arrange their finances, whether delegated to schools and then top-sliced for central services or controlled centrally.