Blackpool-based academy trust, FCAT, has ‘clear vision’, says Ofsted

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You wait for ages for Ofsted to judge multi-academy trusts then several MAT-wide reports arrive at once.

Fylde Coast Academy Trust, which runs seven academies and one free school in Blackpool and two further Lancashire academies, is the latest MAT to receive a summary evaluation.

Inspectors said trustees had ‘clear vision’ and were ‘committed to making a positive difference to pupils’ lives’.  Education quality in most of FCAT’s academies was improving, particularly so where academies were inadequate before joining the trust.

Primary pupils achieved ‘well overall’ but secondary outcomes were ‘less successful’. 

Attendance was high in FCAT’s primary academies but lower in the trust’s secondary schools.  However, leaders were taking appropriate action and trust records show attendance was improving in all academies.

Rates of exclusion were low in FCAT’s primary academies but high in its secondary schools.  Leaders had ‘improved the range of support’ to improve pupils’ attitudes to learning and to train staff in behaviour management.  Exclusion rates were now starting to fall in FCAT’s secondary academies.

Teacher and leaders benefitted from ‘opportunities to collaborate and share good practice’.  Trustees knew, however, that non-teaching staff development needed improving so they could support the improvement of education quality trust-wide.


FOOTNOTE:  See here and here for details of three recently-published summary reports.

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