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The schools white paper - opportunity for all or an opportunity missed?

Governing Matters

The publication of the first schools white paper since 2016 was probably not the game-changer many expected. It is fair to say the reaction has been mixed or muted. While there is very little to actually disagree with, we couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed.

More respondents now support the idea of sharing their individual school’s resources across the MAT: nearly half are in favour of pooling resources with other schools within the MAT (49%), whereas only 28% oppose it and 23% have no view. MAT trustees are also more likely to balance the overall budget of the organisation. But despite the positive trend, a few trusts continue to mismanage their finances or fail to follow the rules without the board of trustees rectifying this.

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