This document covers the calculation of performance measures for use in the ‘multi-academy trust (MAT) performance measures (Key stages 2, 4 and 5)’ statistics release, the KS4 and 16 to 18 MAT level accountability data on the Find School and College Performance Data website and the KS2 MAT level accountability data shared with eligible trusts through the View your education data website.
The performance measures published for multi-academy trust statistics are the following, organised by key stage.
- Key Stage 2
- KS2 Attainment in reading, writing and maths (combined)
- KS2 Progress in reading
- KS2 Progress in writing
- KS2 Progress in maths
- Key Stage 4
- English Baccalaureate (EBacc) entry
- Attainment 8
- EBacc average point score (EBacc APS)
- Attainment in English and maths at grade 5 or above
- Attainment in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) at grade 5 or above (and 4 or above)
- Progress 8
- 16 to 18 (Key Stage 5)
- Average point score (APS) per academic entry
- Average point score (APS) per applied general entry
This statistical release covers performance measures for Key Stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum assessments, GCSE results of pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 (KS4), and attainment of students in the academic and applied general cohorts, at the end of 16 to 18 study. The measures cover state-funded mainstream institutions that are either MATs, single-academy trusts (SATS) or institutions that are not academies. It also includes further breakdowns of MATs by sponsored academies and converter academies. Special schools, pupil referral units, alternative provision academies and alternative provision free schools are not included.
1.3 Who is this methodology for?
This methodology is for
- Senior leaders, governors and trustees working in multi-academy trusts
- Anyone interested in performance of the multi-academy trust sector.
1.4 Brief overview of multi-academy trusts
A multi-academy trust (MAT) is a group of academies that are run by a single trust.
Academies receive funding directly from the government and are run by an academy trust, they do not charge fees and are inspected by Ofsted. They have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools and students sit the same exams. Academies have more control over how they do things than community schools, for example they do not have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times.
Trusts are not-for-profit companies that run academies. They employ the staff and have trustees who are responsible for the performance of the academies in the trust. Trusts might run a single academy (SATs) or a group of academies (MATs). Please note that there are MATs with only a single academy, these differ from SATs in their funding agreements with the Department. For more information, please see Academy and free school funding agreements.
Types of academies
There are multiple types of academies.
- Converter academies have chosen to convert to academy status.
- Sponsored academies are established by a sponsor and were deemed by the Department for Education to be underperforming and in need of help from a sponsor to improve performance.
- Free schools are brand new academies, set up without a predecessor school following a competitive application process. Legally, free schools are academies once open, so they enjoy the same autonomy and freedoms. Free schools include University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which are a type of free school set up by universities and employers to address a defined employer need in the local area.