Sir David Carter ‘worried’ about non-teachers leading MATs

It is worrying that academy trusts will increasingly be led by people from business with no experience of teaching, the National Schools Commissioner has said.

Sir David Carter said that currently about 90% of multi-academy trust CEOs had previously been Head Teachers, but he expected this proportion to drop in the future.

The National Schools Commissioner told Tes that “as the landscape gets more complex, we will need a more complex skills set in some places”.

He said that in the future there would be “more people than there are at the moment who are in a CEO role who have maybe worked in industry or in business or in a university rather than just the single school route coming through”.

And although he thinks that the number of MAT leaders with experience of school leadership “will not drop alarmingly”, he said more CEOs would be appointed because they have “a broader experience and broader skill set around change management strategy, delivery, action planning”.

Read the full article in the Tes.

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