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Multi-academy trusts: academics and faith education providers questioned

7 September 2016

The Education Committee hears from academics, researchers and faith education providers at a public session of its Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) inquiry.


Wednesday 7 September 2016, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

At 9.30am

  • Dr Melanie Ehren, Reader in Educational Accountability and Improvement, UCL Institute of Education
  • Professor Merryn Hutchings, Emeritus Professor, Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University
  • Natalie Perera, Executive Director, Education Policy Institute
  • Karen Wespieser, Senior Research Manager, National Foundation for Educational Research

At 10.30am

  • Paul Barber, Director, Catholic Education Service
  • Reverend Steve Chalke, Founder, Oasis Community Learning
  • Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, British Humanist Association
  • Reverend Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer, Church of England Education Office
  • David Wilson, Director, Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association

Focus of the session

Witnesses include academics and representatives of the UCL Institute of Education, National Foundation for Education Research and Education Policy Institute. All of the invited organisations and researchers have published studies on MATs and the Committee plans to ask them about their work and the evidence behind the Government's plans to expand MATs.

The Committee also hears from the Church of England Education Office, Catholic Education Service, British Humanist Association, Oasis Community Learning and Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association. The Committee's focus is on the Government's plans to expand MATs, the role of faith-based MATs, local authority powers and school to school support.

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