'Good intentions' of trust have failed, Ofsted says

As reported by the BBC, the ‘good intentions’ of Bishop Anthony Education Trust have failed, according to Ofsted

Ofsted has stated that a school trust’s ‘good moral intentions’ have failed.

Bishop Anthony Education Trust (BAET) runs 16 schools in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

March’s Ofsted inspection found that the trust isn’t proving effective enough – despite many of the schools being rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

BAET was found to not be supporting the schools that have struggling more than others.

Four of the schools were rated ‘inadequate’.

The trust itself believes that it is “moving in the right direction”, but Ofsted said “too much improvement happens in isolation”.

It suggested that a system be put in place to improve overall effectiveness.

“BAET was set up with good moral intentions and a clear purpose,” the report reads. “However, this has failed.”

Ofsted also found that head teachers are frustrated with the leadership of the trust, while low performance of disadvantaged pupils hasn’t been sufficiently challenged.

“Pupils in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire deserve to have as good an education as those in other parts of the country,” James McNeillie, from Ofsted, said.

“The Bishop Anthony Educational Trust was set up to do just that, but we have found that its good intentions have not brought about the change that is needed to improve pupils’ experience.”

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