DfE Guidance for MATS: establishing and developing your trust

25 February 2020

The DfE has published a good practice guide that gives advice on what regional schools commissioners look for when they assess and approve the establishment of new MATs and plans for growth of existing MATs.  

Also see how to convert to an academy and how to become an academy sponsor.
The MAT resources list a selection of support and guidance for MATs wishing to establish and develop their trusts. These items give guidance on developing a successful trust, including advice on: 
  • school governance and leadership
  • helping schools improve
  • financial sustainability and risk management
The MAT development programme resource is created for participants on the 2018 programme, but can help all MATs with their development priorities.
The MAT school improvement capacity framework is a diagnostic tool developed in partnership with MAT leaders in the South West RSC region. It is designed to help MATs identify their most significant areas of strength and challenge. It does not form part of the department’s accountability framework and is intended for use on a voluntary basis.
The tool is a live document undergoing regular revision with the sector. The department will publish future versions of this tool as they are developed.

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