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Some academies are remote from parents.

Some academies are remote from parents.

Academy schools risk being rejected by local communities if their management is remote and motivated more by rapid growth than improvement, according to a report by the body representing school governors.

The report by the National Governors Association (NGA) warns that the lack of parent representation on the boards of schools run by multi-academy trusts (Mats) has created a “democratic deficit”, made worse by the trusts attempting to improve their financial position by taking over more schools.

“The evolution and promotion of Mats without sufficient thought to governance has produced a [democratic] deficit that requires debate, one that must not be ignored any longer,” the report states.

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