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On 20 December 2018, the Sutton Trust released their fifth and final Chain Effects report. This analysis, which has been published every year since 2014, predominantly looks to assess the extent to which sponsored academies impact positively on the “educational outcomes of their often disadvantaged pupils”. This final report looks across the five years of data collected.
As NGA has previous reported, the Chain Effects series defines a “chain” as “three or more academies” listed under the same sponsor “for at least three years”. While many of these sponsored academies were part of a multi-academy trust (MAT) when the research was conducted, some of the schools were actually single academy trusts (SATs). Furthermore, the study focuses predominantly on secondary schools, with converter academies and primaries only included in the 2017 report.
The key findings from the report are:
This research adds to the large body of often contradictory literature around the performance of academies. For a useful synthesis of the information available in 2016, please read Are academies better? published in the July/August 2016 edition of Governing Matters.
Published: 03/01/2019, by Tom Fellows
Last Updated: 03/01/2019, by Tom Fellows