A MATter of Trust

Useful information on the different types of Multi Academy Trusts that exist

A multi-academy trust (MAT) is a single entity established to undertake a strategic collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards across a number of schools. A group of schools form a single MAT which has overarching responsibility for their governance.

The MAT is accountable for the performance of each school in the group, although each can still have their own governing body which operates subject to delegation of power from the MAT.

A master funding agreement with the MAT, and supplemental funding agreements with each individual school, is signed by the Secretary of State for Education. If your academy is part of a MAT, all staff will be employed by one employer and the trust can share the additional reporting responsibilities required of an academy.


Distant Ramblings on the Horizon

Its been quite interesting since the Education White Paper was published, watching the discussions about academies and the plan to force all schools to convert either to a stand-alone academy or join a Multi-Academy Trust.

Possibly the most worrying bit is that much of the commentary appears to be based on a lack of understanding of what a MAT is and how they operate. So what follows isn’t intended to be an argument for or against academies or MAT, just a summary of what it means for a school to be in MAT and some examples of MAT structures I’ve seen in the wild.

What happens when a school joins a MAT is quite simple. In fact it’s so simple that people usually assume what they are reading is incorrect. Essentially, when a school joins a MAT it ceases to exist as a separate entity. Only the MAT has legal…

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