This follows on from the clear messages contained in the Education and Adoption Bill.
The Chancellor's recent speech regarding spending review, which was delivered on the 25 November 2015, also talked of the Government's agenda for completing the 'academy revolution', which will, we are told, see all schools become academies and consign local authority control of schools to the past.
Inevitably, a rapidly increasing numbers of schools, existing MATs and academies are running with this agenda, and will continue to do so over the next four years.
When formulating plans for establishing or expanding a MAT, you may want to start thinking about the following:
For sponsors, often the practical questions are around capacity to cope with expansion, geographical locality, similar age range of pupils and logistical considerations, such as whether staff can travel to different locations fairly easily so that they are on hand to share expertise and to drive school improvement.
After the MAT is formed and functioning, minds will turn to issues such as harmonisation of staff terms and conditions, procurement and cost efficiencies and, increasingly, staff restructuring. The governance arrangements will also need to be revisited periodically as the MAT expands, to ensure that the structure is fit for purpose. Similarly, the structure of the senior leadership team and operational management functions including the Finance Director, School Business Manager, Estates and HR will need to be considered.
All of the above demonstrates that MAT formation and expansion is ultimately a strategic journey, which requires a host of roles, personalities, skills and knowhow, in order to be achieved successfully.
To find out more about MAT formation and expansion, we are holding seminars on how to successfully establish or expand your multi academy trusts. Follow the links below for further information and registration for each event.