Achieving Efficiencies in Multi-Academy Trusts - Programme

Thursday 9 May 2019
IBIS ILEC Conference Centre, London

09:00 to 09:45

09:45 to 10:00

10:00 to 10:30

10:00 – 10:30
Avoid the pitfalls of procurement in MATs:

Develop a commercial approach to public procurement and understand how to avoid falling foul of the rules.

Peter Ware, Partner, Browne Jacobson


10:30 to 11:00

11:00 to 11:10

11:10 to 11:40

11:40 to 12:30

11:40 – 12:30
1A: Procurement Strategy Early Stage

How to develop a procurement strategy for early stage MATs, gain clarity on what to procure and where to find 'quick wins'.

Lorraine Ashover, Director, Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited

11:40 – 12:30
1B: Procurement Strategy Mid Development

Develop your procurement strategy and ensure you can make the most out of your buying power to achieve economies of sale.

Julie Cordiner, Education Funding Specialist, School Financial Success

11:40 – 12:30
1C: Procurement Strategy Established

Join a discussion with fellow leaders of established MATs to share your procurement strategies and develop a best approach to efficient procurement.

Jo Bailey, Procurement and Contract Officer, Brooke Weston Trust


12:30 to 13:00

12:30 – 13:00
Roundtable Sessions - R1

Apprenticeships for the right reasons and achieveing efficiencies.

Amy Lalla, Director, Let Me Play

12:30 – 13:00
Roundtable Sessions - R2

Building Bridges with Education Data:

How can schools effectively pull together the vast amounts of data that is out there, battle through the noise, and use it to make better, data-based decisions.

Paul Palmer, Director of Business Strategy, Groupcall


13:00 to 13:50

13:00 – 13:50

Spotlight session: Creating Trust-wide efficiencies. A brief procurement overview highlighting what other Trusts are doing and how they are doing it.


13:50 to 14:20

13:50 – 14:20
Buying for Schools:

Hear from the DfE's Schools Commercial Team about the recommended deals, support and services that are available to help schools save money on the things they buy regularly.

Steve Archer, Schools Commercial Team, Department for Education


14:20 to 14:40

14:40 to 14:50

14:50 to 15:40

14:50 – 15:40
2A: Centralisation

Know what services to centralise and when to manage the transition from seperate academies to becoming an integrated MAT.

Plus, gain access to our case study on centralisation and efficiency. 

Gavin Lawrie, Director of Operations, Shaw Education Trust


14:50 – 15:40
2B: HR in MATs

Build a centralised HR service to manage staff efficiently across the MAT, increase retention, enable ongoing CPD and reduce agencies absence and recruitment costs.

Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services, Browne Jacobson LLP.

14:50 – 15:40
2C: Financial Reporting

Implementing a robust monthly accounting and financial reporting process for multi-academy trusts.

Plus, answer our 10 quick questions to assess your financial management efficiency

Justin Berkeley, Managing Director, SBM Services


15:40 to 16:00

16:00 to 16:50

16:00 – 16:50
3A: School Resource Management in Practice

Interpret the new metrics and principles, benchmark with peers and identify outlier spending to ensure maximum efficiency.

Karen Sayers, ISBL

16:00 – 16:50
3B: Income Generation

Learn new ways to secure additional funding available and develop alternative income streams across the MAT.

Justin Smith MInstF, Chameleon Training and Consultancy