The Sutton Trust have recently published their ‘Chain Effects’ report.
“Successive governments have promoted academy sponsorship as a way to improve the educational achievement of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. As the academies programme has developed, policymakers have increasingly seen academy chains, and especially multi-academy trusts (MATs) as the best way of working to improve the performance of previously struggling schools and the educational outcomes of their often disadvantaged pupils. While the DfE now reports annually on MAT performance, a welcome development, there has been less attention to outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, the focus of the initial establishment of the sponsored academies programme.
The Chain Effects annual reports address this gap, and remain the only analysis of the effectiveness of this policy strategy in impacting positively on the attainment of disadvantaged young people. This fourth report is based on 2016 exam results. As previously, the main focus is on sponsored secondary academies. However, this year for the first time we also consider outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in converter and primary academies.”
Image is William Perkin High School in Greenford.