Effective Business Functionality within Developing MATs

September 2017

This guidance is suitable for school business leaders and managers, governors, headteachers, executive principals, and senior leaders involved in strategic planning and decision making within existing or converting multi-academy trusts (MATs).

With increasing numbers of MATs, it has become apparent that one imperative to the success of these burgeoning organisations is a business leadership and management structure with the capacity to deliver provision, that supports the group’s ongoing development whilst remaining efficient, effective and fit for purpose. In the current financial climate, all MATs must be able to demonstrate sound financial health and efficiency, as well as robust financial control.

No model can fit every scenario, however, there are specific aspects of business functionality which remain vital in a growing MAT. These need to be considered at an early stage in the strategic planning process, to accommodate growth efficiently and effectively, and ensure robust business continuity. Separation of distinct strategic and operational aspects of business functions will need to be considered fully when determining the optimum structure.

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