Six Local Authority schools in north Birmingham are considering forming a multi-academy trust (MAT).
We love our distinctive community schools and are proud that most of them are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. Leaving the Local Authority would be an irreversible decision. It is important for current and future generations to ensure the right decision is made.
Before any decision is made to apply to become a multi-academy trust, we would like the schools to consult with parents, staff and the community in a meaningful manner, as required by law. This should include a balanced consultation document, opportunities for consultees to hear the benefits and the risks of academy conversion relative to other forms of collaboration in an open forum with speakers for and against, and a ballot of stakeholders.
We’d also like the schools to answer these questions:
Compared with alternative forms of collaboration, what are the advantages of forming a multi-academy trust for:
- Pupils’ educational experience and results?
- School finances and money for pupils?
- Staff pay, conditions and retention?
- Accountability to parents and the wider community?
- Protection from takeover by an academy chain?
- Admissions for children with additional needs?
- Protecting community land and assets for future generations?
Why not follow the advice of the National Governance Association to first form a federation, to achieve the benefits of working together without incurring the legal costs, complexity or risks of forming a multi-academy trust?
Please explore our website to find out more and read our FAQs to see why this matters.
This website was originally created by parents and community members in Kings Heath and Moseley in south Birmingham. They were concerned that seven community schools planned to apply to form a multi-academy trust before undertaking meaningful consultation with stakeholders.
In 2017, the governing bodies of the schools in Kings Heath and Moseley decided NOT to proceed with their proposal to form a MAT, and remain valued community schools. Academisation is NOT inevitable.