The growth of Multi-Academy Trusts represents an opportunity to improve the quality and capacity of schools and school groups, but there are risks if MATs fail to develop successfully.
Sir David Carter, the National Schools Commissioner, has identified four categories of MAT (Starter, Established, National and System Leader) and has indicated that trusts will need to demonstrate their readiness before moving to the next level. The shift from Starter (1-5 schools), to Established (6-15), to National (16+) is a critical stage: done right it can secure economies of scale whilst building a shared culture and improvement model that strengthens every school. Done wrong it will create new bureaucracies that are no more effective than the Local Authorities they replace.
UCL Institute of Education (IOE), working with Deloitte, has designed a new high quality development programme aimed at top teams in newly formed or existing MATs with 5-15 schools. The 9-month integrated programme will combine three intensive residential modules, held in Oxford, together with facilitated regional learning sets and a range of practical MAT-based tasks and assignments. Critically, because the programme involves four senior members of the MAT team – Chair, CEO, COO/FD and school improvement lead – it can help build sustainable strategies for growth.
The modules will be facilitated by Jane Creasy and Peter Addison-Child, who led the NLE Fellowship Commission, with inputs from leading academics and experts from UCL and Deloitte as well as policy makers, leaders from a range of sectors and experienced MAT CEOs.
"I thought it was really superb and got so much out of it. It is the best CPD I've had”
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Dates for 2018-19 cohort
Module 1: 13th - 15th March 2019
Module 2: 26th - 28th June 2019
Module 3: TBA
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