Establishing or Joining Multi-Academy Trusts - Programme

Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 - Holiday Inn Wembley, London

09:00 to 09:45

09:45 to 10:00

09:45 – 10:00
Chair’s Introduction & Welcome

Chair’s Introduction & Welcome

Brian Lightman, Education Consultant and former General Secretary of ASCL

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10:00 to 10:40

10:00 – 10:40
In conversation with Dr Tim Coulson

In conversation with Dr Tim Coulson

- The key benefits that involvement in a MAT can provide
- Effective MAT leadership: challenges, opportunities and common pitfalls
- The role of the RSC and what the future might look like

Dr Tim Coulson, outgoing Regional Schools Commissioner and future Chief Executive, Samuel Ward Academy Trust

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10:40 to 11:20

10:40 – 11:20
The MATs debate

The MATs debate: A factual, balanced discussion on the pros and cons of joining or establishing a Multi-Academy Trust

- Is there such a thing as economies of scale in the majority of MATs?
- Does joining a MAT have to result in diminished autonomy?
- Are MATs successfully improving student outcomes and raising standards?
- What is the role of ‘trust’ in a MAT?

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11:20 to 11:30

11:30 to 12:00

12:00 to 12:50

12:00 – 12:50
A practical guide to forming a MAT

Practical insights from a recently formed Multi-Academy Trust on the processes, pitfalls and compliancy issues involved in setting up a MAT

Gain a process checklist on the journey

Jeremy Rowe, CEO, Waveney Valley Academies Trust

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12:00 – 12:50
Aligning values and ethos

How to ensure your vision is aligned with any potential partner and find a balance between maintaining your school values and embracing a new culture

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, CEO, Avonbourne Multi Academy Trust

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12:00 – 12:50
Due diligence

Understand the due diligence process, clarify the different approaches available and ensure the financial and legal position of the whole group is clear and transparent

Nick Mackenzie, Partner, Browne Jacobson LLP

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12:00 – 12:50
Capacity and growth

Key steps and tips to develop the infrastructure and increase internal capacity to enable the formation of a new Multi-Academy Trust

Andrew Lagden, Educational Consultant

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12:50 to 13:50

12:50 – 13:50
Lunch
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13:50 to 14:40

13:50 – 14:40
Establishing an effective board

How to build a robust, impactful board of trustees capable of strategically guiding your MAT and offering critical support and challenge

Joan Binder, Vice Chair of FASNA and Chair of Governors

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13:50 – 14:40
Retaining autonomy

Can you join a MAT and retain your autonomy?
How to identify your non-negotiables and find the right MAT to allows individual school decision making

Leave with a list of questions to ask potential partners

Karen Burns, Chief Executive, Carillion Academies Trust

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13:50 – 14:40
Staff structures and HR

Enhance retention by successfully harmonising staff terms and conditions, reassuring employees and unlocking the benefits of the larger workforce available through a MAT

Naseem Nabi, Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

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13:50 – 14:40
The evolving role of the SBM

Moving from an operational to strategic role: Clarify new responsibilities and gain strategies to manage increased workload and accountability

Matthew Clements-Wheeler, Business Manager and Deputy Head, Bordesley Green Girls' School

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14:40 to 15:00

15:00 to 15:50

15:00 – 15:50
Finance

Financial compliance as a Trust: Clarify your legal financial obligations, understand the different financial structures and ensure robust financial management

NASBM Representative

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15:00 – 15:50
Exploring approaches to local governance in MATs

Understand how the roles and responsibilities of your existing governing body is likely to change when joining an MAT

Clare Collins MBE, Head of Consultancy, National Governance Association

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15:00 – 15:50
The role of the CEO

How to manage the transition from Headteacher to MAT leader: New responsibilities, crucial first steps and ensuring support from key stakeholders

Karen Burns, Chief Executive, Carillion Academies Trust

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15:00 – 15:50
Other models of collaboration

Are MATs the only way forward?
Understanding alternative models of school collaboration, the pros and cons of each and how to decide what’s right for your school or academy

Read our resource on options for collaborative structures

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15:50 to 16:20

15:50 – 16:20
Multi-Academy Trust Research

What does the research say about the success of the Multi-Academy Trust movement and has enough research been conducted to present tangible arguments about the benefits of MATs?

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