Multi-academy trusts are still a novel feature in education in England so we have little direct research to draw on to help us identify patterns of effectiveness. What evidence there is has tended to focus on the impact of these forms of school organisation at system level or draw on the experience of the few untypically large trusts with dozens of schools, multi-million pound budgets and a specialised ‘corporate’ executive team.
CUREE are very pleased to have this opportunity to inject into this space some research which focuses on the more typical case – trusts with two to fifteen schools – and explores what the leaders do and deal with every day focusing quite tightly on the leadership of learning.
Sponsored by the ASCL-led partnership providing a National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (NPQEL), the full report, including all 13 case studies, is restricted to participants of the NPQEL programme. This public Synopsis identifies the main elements of common practice and also some of the interesting variations.