‘Not a race’ for all schools to join MATs, says Herrington

A senior official has insisted the government’s multi-academy trust drive is “not a race”, as new figures reveal the average MAT has more than six schools.

Dominic Herrington, who oversees the academy system as national schools commissioner, told a Westminster Education Forum conference today on the future of schools: “Every school ideally should be part of a multi-academy trust in due course.”

But he added: “It’s not a race for all schools to join multi-academy trusts. There’s no hard target or legislation.”

Compulsion will only be used as now for failing schools, he added.

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