Welcome to the MAT Leadership Programme
Creating, growing and sustaining a successful multi-academy trust requires more than just a strong leader - it requires a strong leadership team.
The MAT Leadership Programme will provide you and your team with the knowledge and support needed to drive strategic and cultural change in order to improve educational outcomes across your MAT.
The emphasis of the programme is on 'group-based learning' with the opportunity to mix professional development for yourself with strategic development for your trust.
The programme is structured via a series of 6 one-day modules spread between September 2018 and April 2019. Information on each module (including location, times and course leaders) can be found on the individual module pages. Each module will have some small tasks to complete before the day. Please access these via the 'Resources' page.
Free (non-compulsory) attendance at the Optimus Education MATs Summit in October is also included in the programme. This two-day residential with an overnight stay will give you access to high-quality CPD on issues relevant to MAT leaders, whilst also providing opportnities for you to get to know and build relationships with other leaders within your cohort. A drinks reception and gala dinner is included on the Thursday evening. You will be automatically enrolled for the Summit and overnight accomdation booked for you.For more information on the MATs Summit programme, please visit matsummit.co.uk.
Registration for the 2018/19 cohort has closed, however, you can register your interest for the 2019/20 cohort.
The module leaders
Andy Samways is a member of the Executive Team of the Unity Schools Partnership, a multi academy trust currently comprising 22 primary, secondary and special schools located in the east of England. Andy is Director of Research School and Teaching School. Andy has extensive experience of school and system leadership gained from senior leadership in secondary schools over the past 20 years and most recently through his work as Teaching School Council EENEL Local Lead for Suffolk, and through leading the Research School. These roles are increasingly drawing on the need to establish effective collaboration and partnership working within evidence-based school improvement activity in a variety of scales and contexts. Leading the work of one of the EEF/IEE Research Schools, Andy has a particular interest in the relational aspects of network growth, as well as utilising the underpinning evidence around effective implementation at a variety of scales (from classroom to region) within the school improvement cycle.
Tim MCarthy has been CEO for Aurora Academies Trust (AAT) since July 2012. Aurora started out with four very dysfunctional and poorly performing primary schools but by 2016, they became the number one performing MAT that operates primary schools solely in the SESL region for progress in reading, and also the number two MAT for maths progress. Tim has worked in education for 36 years and was one of the first 50 academy principals in the country. He has exceptional experience of school improvement through working as a Headteacher in a Local Authority school, in an academy and running groups of schools internationally and in the UK. Three years ago Tim participated on a MAT Leaders course and used that opportunity to work closely with other CEO colleagues in order to devise a different governance structure and revised financial systems necessary for Aurora to grow. He is looking forward to share these experiences throughout the course!
Dr Jon Salkeld is the Director of Partnerships at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. Within this role, he has had oversight of highly successful leadership training programmes with Harrods, Crawford & Company, The British Army, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy, Essex County Council, Suffolk County Council, Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Willmott Dixon. Systech International, Basildon University Hospital and Mid Essex Health Economy. Jon has also had oversight of all Anglia Ruskin University UK partnerships within the Business School, including London College of Accountancy, Arden University, Kaplan, London School of Commerce, Institute of Export and London School of Marketing. Jon is a Principal Lecturer within the Business School and specialises in teaching Executive Leadership, Change Management, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
Note: The MAT Leadership Programme is not included in the Premium Plus and Unlimited membership packages.