Overview

04 Oct, 20229:00 am-4:00 pm
Online

About

With the publication of the Schools White Paper on March 28th 2022, the Department for Education has laid out it’s plans to ensure every child is able reach their maximum potential academically. Centrered on the four key pillars of teacher development, improving curriculum standards, parental engagement, and uniformity of school hours the Government has established a clear strategy aimed at delivering world-class education in England. Central to the White Paper was academisation, specifically the ambition that by 2030 all children will be taught in a school that is either in the process of joining, or is already part of a strong multi-academy trust. Over the next three years £86 million will be made available to the sector to grow and strengthen multi-academy trusts, with a particular focus on Education Investment Areas.

The Successfully Preparing to Grow Your MAT Online Training Course will support MAT Leaders looking to expand their trust with guidance on how to prepare for growth and encourage durable and positive relationships with acquisitions. Although there is a need to grow MATs, with many benefits in doing so, many expansions fail due to insufficient leadership capacity, stretching of central services, communication difficulties and other issues. This course will enable sustainable and responsible growth through planning and foresight, aligning with the Department for Education’s vision for growth in the sector and capitalising on the financial support made available through the next phase of the Trust Capacity Fund and guidance outlined in the Schools White Paper (March 2022).

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an enhanced understanding of the business-critical role corporate governance plays in successfully running and growing a multi-academy trust
  • Receive guidance on how to perform due diligence to the highest standard, placing capacity and competence, readiness to acquire, and self-audit at the centre
  • Consider how to better operate transparently when acquiring schools, ensuring trust is maintained throughout the process, empowering acquired schools and staff
  • Create a strategy for future growth within the MAT, embedding professional development to ensure succession and continued growth

Agenda

9:00 am
Logging on and Accessing Training Platform

*This training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates.

9:30 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve their MAT growth strategies and direction.  

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions.

Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
9:40 am
Session 1: Enhancing Your Understanding of Corporate Governance and Its Centrality To MAT Growth

This session will:

  •  Illustrate the significance of a corporate governance strategy in successfully operating a multi-academy trust
  • Focus on ensuring due diligence is performed, using self-auditing to understand whether your trust is prepared for growth, specifically considering capacity and competence, readiness to acquire and the readiness of schools to be acquired
  • Consider the importance levels of engagement, the impact that this will have on your trust’s readiness to grow, and how create a greater sense of ownership
  • Highlight the importance of trustee involvement in the production, reviewal and specification of due diligence processes and learn how to increase trustee engagement in this area
Gail Brown
Gail Brown
CEO
Ebor Academy Trust
Invited
11:00 am
Morning Break

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

11:20 am
Session 2: Preparing Your MAT For Growth Through Centralisation

This session will:

  •  Explore the lynchpins of MAT strength: structure, culture and people, which will be recurrent themes throughout the training and why they are so important
  • Critically analyse why trust-wide homogeneity of central functions including finance, procurement, HR, and technology is essential, learning how to prepare for and successfully achieve this
  • Examine why all involved in trust governance must have clarity regarding their role and responsibilities, the identity and culture of the trust, and its long-term vision for sustainable growth, in order to maximise outcomes for staff, students and the sector
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
12:40 am
Lunch Break

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

1:30 pm
Session 3: Building Positive Relationships with Acquired Schools To Ensure Successful Growth

This session will:

  •  Explore how MAT Leaders can develop strong relationships with acquired and soon to be acquired schools, by promoting shared priorities such as ensuring consistently positive educational outcomes for all pupils
  • Discuss how ‘maintaining uniqueness’ of schools can be incorporated during acquisition, whilst ensuring trust-wide unity, standardisation and shared culture
  • Examine the role of collaboration, trust, transparency, and dialogue in achieving genuine buy-in from acquired schools in the spirit of school improvement and supporting student outcomes
  • Discuss the negative impact a breakdown in trust can have during the acquisition and absorption process, linking back to ensuring your MAT is prepared for growth
  • Consider how by rejecting a wholly ‘top down’ approach to MAT growth, acquired schools can positively contribute to the spirit of collaboration and trust-wide culture central to being a strong system leader
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
2:50 pm
Afternoon Break
3:00 pm
Session 4: Embedding Professional Development and Succession Into Your Long-Term MAT Growth Strategy

This session will: 

  • Reflect upon the pressures facing the sector and the role of MATs in the Department for Education’s vision for the future of education, considering the responsibility of MAT leaders to nurture leaders of the future
  • Critically analyse what is required within delegates individual setting to support long-term, sustainable growth in order to meet both the needs of the student and the needs of the sector
  • Examine whether the structures in place within delegates own trusts are adequately supporting professional development for staff, creating a plan to more thoroughly embedded opportunities for growth in current and future strategies
Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed
4:10 pm
Trainer’s Summary and Close

In this final interactive session, our expert trainer will summarise each workshop and discussion session, helping you recap on all you have learnt through the day, and ensuring tangible takeaways for you to implement in your school. You will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and share comments, as well as determine next steps for training development and delivery.

*Programme subject to change

Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
Chief Executive
Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL)
Confirmed

Audience

This training is specifically designed for Multi-Academy Trusts, job titles may include:

  • CEOs
  • Deputy CEOs
  • CFOs
  • COOs
  • Directors of Finance/Finance Leads
  • Directors of Governance
  • Executive Headteachers
  • Directors of Learning
  • HR Directors
  • School Improvement Leads
  • Trustees
  • Chairs
This Forum is also open to the wider Schools sector to encourage debate.

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