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This one day seminar will examine the next steps for Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), bringing stakeholders together with policymakers.This one day seminar will examine the next steps for Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), bringing stakeholders together with policymakers.
They will discuss how to secure greater collaboration between schools within MATs - particularly in teaching, leadership and the sharing of resources - as highlighted by the Secretary of State in setting out his priorities for MATs.
Delegates will also consider the impact of MATs on the school system and their progress in fulfilling their role in improving educational attainment, particularly in areas of disadvantage.
The seminar will also be an opportunity to examine how the accountability of MATs can be improved - particularly in leadership and financial practice. This follows concerns from the Public Accounts Committee over their financial leadership, and comes as Ofsted prepares to consult on its new Common Inspection Framework, which will potentially alter the current inspection model for multi-academy trusts.
Further areas for discussion will include:
• The next steps for improving the conversion process for schools entering into a MAT, following concerns regarding the potential effects on schools, including staff pensions and salaries
• How effective leadership of MATs can be further developed, whilst ensuring appropriate accountability measures are in place to provide a suitable model for the successful running of MATs.