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Multi-Academy Trusts plans defeated

Dear colleague

I am writing with some very good news about the Government’s plans for maintained schools. The Government has announced that it will not bring forward its proposed Education for All Bill during this Parliamentary session.

The legislation would have forced all maintained schools to convert to academy status as part of multi-academy trusts (MATs) by 2022 if the council failed to meet a “minimum performance threshold” or where it had reached a “tipping point” in terms of the number of academies.

The Bill also contained a number of other detrimental proposals including the scrapping of the requirement for teachers to hold QTS.

This is a major climb down and a significant victory for the NUT which campaigned alongside sister education unions and others to oppose it.

Get the message out – joining a MAT is not the answer!

Many schools were coming under pressure to form or join MATs in anticipation of the Bill becoming law. The shelving of the Bill fatally undermines the “jump before you are pushed” argument. We are therefore urging all reps to ensure that members, heads, governing bodies, and councillors are aware that the Bill has been dropped.

We should also continue to make the educational arguments against MATs. The following NUT materials will help – both available on the NUT website under ‘resources’:

  • Multi Academy Trusts FAQs
  • Why a move to MATs is not the answer

I would like to thank all of you who campaigned against the Bill. The Government’s education policy is clearly in disarray and these latest developments demonstrate that when we campaign together we can win.

Yours sincerely

Kevin Courtney
Kevin Courtney
General Secretary
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