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

This course will examine the implications of converting to academy status and the issues involved in forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust

Increasingly, schools are looking at converting to academy status with most of them either forming, or joining, multi-academy trusts.

The course will provide up to date information of the implications of these developments for governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools.

It will look at the differences between academies and maintained schools, funding arrangements, conversion process and how multi-academy trusts work. It will also explain the governance and leadership models of academies, particularly those that are part of multi-academy trusts.

Key benefits of this course for the school:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • current developments in the academies programme
  • the implications of academy conversion
  • how to effectively plan future developments in this area
  • the key issues to consider when forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust
  • how a school can keep its individual identity when part of a multi-academy trust

Course Objectives

By the end of the course 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

Detailed course outline and session time table

Session 1

  • Recent developments in the academies programme and the implications for schools
  • Becoming an academy and forming, or joining, multi-academy trusts
  • Sponsored and converter academies – what is the difference?
  • How does an academy differ from a maintained school?
  • Academies, multi-academy trusts and school improvement
  • What is a multi-academy trust and how does it work?
  • Deciding which multi-academy trust to join

Session 2

  • The characteristics of multi-academy trust models
  • The benefits of being part of a multi-academy trust
  • The key issues to consider when setting up a multi-academy trust
  • Retaining your identity within a multi-academy trust
  • Governance and leadership models including the role of members, trustees and local governing bodies
  • The funding arrangements for academies, and multi-academy trusts, in view of the proposed schools national funding formula
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and feedback


Andrew has been an independent educational consultant and school inspector for over twelve years. With extensive consultancy experience, he currently works in the academies programme and has supported many schools across the country considering conversion.  He is also an education adviser for several leading national academy chains and sponsors. Additionally, he delivers high quality education leadership training on behalf of many well-known organisations and is also a regional associate for the National College for School Leadership and has been a school improvement partner (SIP) for eight schools


  • “Clearly presented information, good handouts. All questions answered logically and from a comprehensive knowledge”.
  • “Andrew Lagden is an excellent presenter...clear, focussed, met needs and appropriate to the audience”.
  • “Very clear and easy to understand independent advice given”.
  • “I now have a much more secure understanding of academies and myths have been debunked”.
  • “Clear information given without bias”.

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