Forming or joining a MAT: Staying in control of your school's destiny

08:45 - 16:30, 7 December 2017 Manchester Book now

Fee: £280 +VAT

Are you considering forming or joining a multi-academy trust? Would you like expert advice on the changing landscape, the options available, what the process involves and how to make sure you make the right decision?

This one-day course examines these questions and will provide you with the information you need to start your journey on the right footing. Leading practitioners will share their experiences along with input from the local Regional Schools Commissioner, ASCL's Primary and Governance Specialist, ASCL's Business Leadership Specialist  and education law firm Browne Jacobson LLP.

The sessions will include:

  • the benefits of formal partnership

  • the principles of successful partnerships

  • how to make the right decision for your school - the process of decision-making

  • consideration of structures – forming or joining the right structure for your school

  • legal considerations and due diligence 

  • working with your Regional Schools Commissioner and Headteacher Board

  • a CEO's experience

  • suggested next steps

This event is suitable for headteachers, deputy headteachers, business leaders, governors, school leaders in maintained schools and stand-alone academies in primary and secondary phases.

Julie McCulloch, ASCL Primary and Governance Specialist

Val Andrew, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

Nick McKenzie, Browne Jacobson LLP

Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson LLP

Kate Baddeley, Deputy Director, Academies Regional Delivery, Lancashire and West Yorkshire

Karen Bramwell, Chief Executive, Forward as One Church of England MAT

Kerry Brimfield, Head of Finance and Business Services, The Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust

Paul James, CEO, River Learning Trust

Martin Shevill, CEO, Consilium Academies Trust

08.45

Registration and refreshments

09.15

Welcome and introduction

09.25

How to make the right decision for your school
Julie McCulloch, ASCL Primary and Governance Specialist

10.10

Legal considerations when forming or joining a MAT
Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson LLP

10.55

Refreshment break

11.15

Due Diligence – what is it and how do you carry it out?
Nick McKenzie, Browne Jacobson LLP

12.00

Forming or joining a Trust – the principles of successful partnerships
Martin Shevill, CEO, Consilium Academies Trust
Karen Bramwell, Chief Executive, Forward as One Church of England MAT

12.45

Lunch

13.30

Forming or joining a Trust - A Business Manager’s Perspective
Kerry Brimfield, Head of Finance and Business Services, The Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust
Val Andrew, ASCL Business Leadership Specialist

14.15

A vision for the future
Kate Baddeley
Deputy Director, Academies Regional Delivery, Lancashire and West Yorkshire

15.00

Forming or joining a Trust – A CEO’s Perspective
Paul James, CEO, River Learning Trust

15.30

Panel session

16.00

Next steps
Julie McCulloch, ASCL Primary and Governance Specialist

16.30

Course evaluation and close