Teachers working for multi-academy trusts worry that the growth of their
organisation will reduce their influence and make management more
remote, an Ofsted study has found.
The research – which is yet to be published – also found that people in some schools feel a sense of “grief” and that they have been “emasculated” by a loss of autonomy, according to one of the researchers behind the work.
Pupils without 100 per cent attendance or a clean behaviour record
are allegedly being forced to the back of the queue for lunch at a
Immanuel College in Bradford, run by the Bradford Diocesan Academy
Trust, introduced a new behaviour system in the summer term of last
year, in which pupils begin each term with two badges – one for good
behaviour, and one for 100 per cent attendance.
Pupils who misbehave or take time off can lose one or both of their
badges. But this term the school introduced a new policy that gives
lunchtime priority to those pupils who still have both badges, a
concerned parent told Schools Week.
Pupils with two badges go for lunch first, followed by those who have lost their 100 per cent attendance badge, and then those who have lost their behaviour badge. Pupils who have had both badges removed eat last, it was claimed.
Women working in schools run by multi-academy trusts experience some
of the most stark gender pay gaps in the UK, Guardian analysis has
Of the companies to have filed figures on their gender pay gaps to date, almost half of the worst 50 are multi-academy trusts (MATs). All of the 23 trusts had gaps greater than 50%, meaning on average women working in the schools were paid 50p for every £1 earned by a man.