The 10 measures you should be tracking across your multi-academy trust

Earlier this year Ofsted announced that they will begin inspecting academy chains, meaning that now is a more important time than ever for multi-academy trusts to have a full, detailed understanding of the performance of all their schools. If you are a trustee, director, governor, or part of an executive management team, access to clear and timely performance data is crucial to your ability to monitor outcomes and pinpoint areas of underperformance. This in turn helps you to celebrate best practice where you find it, share it across your group, and intervene where schools are struggling. No single datapoint can capture every element of school group performance, but here are my top 10 measures by category to begin with.

Student Attendance

Measure 1: Student Attendance

Behaviour As the DfE starts a review of the way that teachers manage low-level classroom disruption, academy chain leaders can support individual schools by closely monitoring behaviour measures.

Measure 2: Temporary (fixed period) exclusions per student

Measure 3: Permanent exclusions per student

Measure 4: Lunchtime exclusions per student

Measure 5: Incidents per student (broken down into incident levels ranging from most minor to most severe)

  • In combination, these measures allow you to determine if behaviour is improving, staying the same or getting worse across your schools
  • You can also use these metrics to track outcomes when you implement new behaviour strategies

Staff Resourcing

Measure 6: Sick days per teacher

  • Healthy and available teaching staff are fundamental to student success. By tracking the average number of teaching days lost to sickness, you can explore the underlying issues causing significant staff absence. Monitoring yearly trends also helps schools to plan staff resources in advance
Measure 7: Teacher turnover Measure 8: CPD hours per teacher

Student Engagement

Measure 9: Student rating (out of 10)

  • Collecting student net promoter scores is hugely valuable. Use it to identify areas where your school group could improve student wellbeing and satisfaction

Guardian Engagement

Measure 10:  Parent’s evening attendance


Data on its own does not provide a definitive solution to managing school groups, but the ability to learn from it and act on it is increasingly important - not just for inspection purposes, but to drive student performance through impactful, evidence-based decision making. In my next post, I’ll be looking at the value of comparing school group performance against similar groups - watch this space!