Taking the Next Step For Your School: Considering Forming or Joining a MAT (AM session)

The education landscape in England continues to change at a rapid pace. As more schools convert to academy status, the role that local authorities play in providing school improvement and other services is decreasing, and schools are increasingly looking to each other for support and challenge.  

The concept of compulsory academisation of all schools, as proposed in the abandoned white paper Educational Excellence Everywhere, is now long forgotten. Instead, most schools are being encouraged to consider for themselves the potential benefits of joining or forming a multi-academy trust with other like-minded schools.

This is, however, a complex decision, with far-reaching consequences. Many school leaders and governors are interested in exploring the idea of joining or forming a MAT, but are unsure where to start, or what process they need to follow.

This new, half-day course led jointly by ASCL, the National Governance Association and education lawyers Browne Jacobson, is designed to demystify this process. It will enable school leaders and governors to:

  • consider the pros and cons of joining an existing MAT, or setting up a new one
  • understand how MATs are led and governed
  • learn how to undertake due diligence on existing MATs or potential partners
  • consider how best to consult with stakeholders
  • plan the conversion process

09.00     Introduction
09.15     The national context
09.45     Leadership and governance in MATs
10.15     Break
10.30       Choosing the right partners
11.00     Due diligence and the legal process
11.30     Stakeholder engagement and consultation
11.45     Taking the next step
12.00     Finish

Suitable for Headteachers and Governors in secondary and primary phases.