Heads cast doubt all academy system will boost outcomes

76% of headteachers surveyed by the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), believe that a fully academised system would fail to improve pupil outcomes, despite this being a key ambition of the government’s recent white paper.

The survey of over 1000 headteachers also found that 62% of respondents who were not currently part of a MAT did not expect to join one in the future, citing issues including lost autonomy and the need to retain their school’s identity. However, 57% of headteachers who were part of a MAT declared they were satisfied with the experience, noting that it facilitated increased collaboration, and the benefits of centralised finances and HR.

The results demonstrate that the government still has work to do to persuade leaders of their vision, and will need to listen to schools and trust feedback.