02 May

Becoming an academy and forming a multi-academy trust (MAT)

Increasingly, schools are looking at converting to academy status with most of them either forming, or joining, multi-academy trusts (MAT’s).  Recent policy announcements have confirmed that this is the Government’s (current) ambition for all schools, but what are the implications of becoming an academy and of forming a multi academy trust? What are the key issues to consider when forming or joining a MAT and how can a school keep its identity within an academy trust?

Gaining an independent view, and being able to discuss the pros and cons of both conversion and joining a MAT can be very helpful. For this reason, PBM provide a half day training course which is suitable for governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools. The course tutor, Andrew, has extensive experience of working with academies and multi-academy trusts, at various stages of development, on a national basis and is able to provide highly practical, up to date information on this continually changing area. The course explains the governance and leadership models of academies, particularly those that are part of multi-academy trusts.

Talking about the course, Andrew says “participants will gain an understanding of

  • The implications of becoming an academy and forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust
  •  What sponsored and converter academies are and how they differ from maintained schools
  • How academies and multi-academy trusts are funded and their main ‘freedoms’ especially with regard to admissions, pay and conditions and the curriculum
  • Multi-academy trusts, their governance and models and how they work
  • The roles of members, trustees and local governing bodies in multi-academy trusts”

Commenting on the course, a PBM representative said “Andrew has provided this ever-changing course, very successfully for over five years. Delegates appreciate the independent, non-biased view and Andrew’s ability to answer all questions clearly and in detail”

Delegates have said “Andrew is an excellent presenter…clear, focussed, met needs and appropriate to the audience.”

There are two places where you can find out more about this course. If you are considering the course for an INSET day or as a half day school based training session go to
Becoming an academy and forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust (MAT) INSET and school based training

Alternatively, if you are looking to attend the course in Staffordshire, visit
Becoming an academy and forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust (MAT)