Achieving Efficiencies in Schools & MATs - Programme

Wednesday 9 May 2018
ILEC Conference Centre, London SW6

09:00 to 09:45

09:45 to 10:00

10:00 to 10:30

10:00 – 10:30
Keynote 1: Striking a balance

How to achieve cost-effective centralisation whilst maintaining high classroom standards and avoiding a 'one size fits all' approach for schools in your MAT.

Keith Sorrell, Chief Executive, Windsor Academy Trust 
Andy Collings, CFO and COO, Challenger Multi-Academy Trust 
Lee Miller, Chief Executive, Thinking Schools Academy Trust 


10:30 to 10:50

10:50 to 11:10

11:10 to 11:20

11:20 to 11:50

11:50 to 12:40

11:50 – 12:40
1A: Benchmarking and demonstrating value

Achieving value for money: How to demonstrate the value of centralisation and intelligent procurement across your MAT to auditors, your schools and the ESFA

Plus take away a practical guide to benchmarking


11:50 – 12:40
1B: Financial self-assessment

Financial review, self-assessment and healthchecks: best practice to review your current financial position, identify areas of concern and develop an action plan to address them

Plus healthcheck your staff costs

Justine Berkeley, Managing Director, SBM Services


12:40 to 13:10

12:40 – 13:10
R1: Effective use of the apprenticeship levy

A year on since the inception of the Levy this session highlights ways in which the levy can be utilised to help support school functions, staff training, strategy and recruitment.

Amy Lalla and Matthew Lord, Directors, Let Me Play

12:40 – 13:10
R2: Rise of the Robots - UK MAT Efficiency to be Rated by Machine Learning

Discuss current best practice in areas of data strategy, GDPR and the prospects of using Machine Learning to predict outcomes and improve efficiency within the context of Ofsted trialling Machine Learning to identify schools at risk of decline.

Lisa Marks and Matt Woodruff, Groupcall


13:10 to 14:00

13:10 – 14:00

14:00 to 14:30

14:00 – 14:30
Keynote 3: Retention strategies & effective teaching training

Retention strategies and effective teacher training: Exploring the financial benefits of ‘growing your own’

Emma Hollis, Executive Director of the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers


14:30 to 14:40

14:40 to 15:30

14:40 – 15:30
2A: Efficient procurement

Tender processes, framework agreements, bid evaluations and contract negotiations: Understand the best approach to efficient procurement across your MAT to generate substantial long term savings

Andy Collings, CFO and COO, Challenger Multi-Academy Trust

14:40 – 15:30
2B: Developing an integrated organisation

How to manage a smooth transition from separate academies within a MAT to a centralised, integrated organisation: Success stories and lessons learned

Karen Sayers, Chief Operating Officer, Partnership Learning


15:30 to 15:50

15:50 to 16:40

15:50 – 16:40
3A: Financial governance

Key strategies to ensure your board of trustees is robust, strategic and fully equipped to oversee the financial performance of your MAT



15:50 – 16:40
3B: Top tips for startup MATs

How to achieve affordable centralisation and streamlining when you are in a smaller MAT or group of schools

Institute for School Business Leaders