The Department for Education released the MAT league tables for 2019 this week, which revealed the best and worst performing trusts in England.

The league tables rank chains based on their progress scores and other metrics recorded in last summer’s GCSEs.

The data covers 102 Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) that have three or more schools that have been part of the trust for at least three years.

The results showed that overall, MAT progress scores have improved in 2019, up to -0.02 from -0.04 in 2018.

However, this is still below the 0.01 average score for all state-funded mainstream schools.

The proportion of MATs with below-average progress scores is 39%, which is also larger than the proportion with above-average scores – 31%. And the EBacc entry rate among MATs was 38%, whilst for state-funded mainstream schools it was 41%.

The league table also names the best and worst-performing trusts in the country, showing which ones have scored ‘well above average’, ‘above average’, ‘average’, ‘below average’ and ‘well below average’, based on their 2019 Progress 8 scores at Key Stage 4.

Among the top 5 performing trusts were:

  1. Star Academies – 0.74
  2. Dixons Cardinal Hume Academies Trust – 0.72
  3. The Cardinal Hume Academies Trust – 0.71
  4. Diocese of London – 0.6
  5. Education and Leadership Trust – 0.59

Other trusts with ‘well above average’ progress scores are the Diocese of London (0.6), the Education and Leadership Trust (0.59) and the Gorse Academies Trust (0.59).


Disadvantage gap is widening

One major discovery to come from the latest data is that the disadvantage gap – the difference in performance between poorer pupils and their better-off peers – widened again in 2019.

The gap of 3.70 is higher than it was in 2018 (3.68) and 2017 (3.66). The gap was closing up until 2017.

Dr Maria Neophytou, director of social mobility charity Impetus, said: “The gap is closing so slowly it will take until 2066 to close entirely. That’s a hundred years from England’s men winning the football world cup.

“It’s unacceptable that too many young people leave school without vital passes in English and maths – the absolute basics.”