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The DfE published its MAT performance tables for 2016-17 on 25 January 2018.

We were delighted to see that the First Federation Trust was:

  • in the top 20 MAT nationally for progress in each of the three core subjects (Maths, Reading and Writing), and specifically the top three nationally for progress in Reading
  • the highest performing Trust for progress in Devon and the second highest performing Trust in the South West. 

The DfE MAT performance tables for 2016-17 can be found here


A survey commissioned by a leadership development charity, Ambition School Leadership, looked at how well MATs performed in five areas: pupil progress at key stages 2 and 4, improvement in value-added over time, outcomes for disadvantaged pupils, whether schools are rated “inadequate”, and financial sustainability.

The research identified that the First Federation Trust is one of 13 trusts, out of the 402 studied, that were high performing in  at least two of the the following three areas - current performance, improvement and performance of disadvantaged pupils (November 2017).

Click here for the TES article.

Click here to access the Ambition School Leadership website and a link to the full research.

The First Federation Trust is included as an example of good practice in the guidance on good practice and expectations for growth published by the DfE for Multi Academy Trusts (December 2016).

'To help ensure that the great educationalists in First Federation can focus on making sure that teaching and learning are as good as it possibly can be, the trust has:
• redefined senior leadership roles; and
• created a back office function to perform vital administrative tasks, taking these away from school leaders.'

To find out more, please click here

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted, has named the First Federation as one of the seven best performing MATs in the country (11 Oct 2016).

Click here for the TES article.

Click here for the full HMCI's monthly commentary. 

A study has shown has shown that, although many academies do not perform better than maintained schools, the First Federation Trust is the second highest performing primary academy trust / local authority in the country. (July 2016)

Click here for the report from BBC news.