Considering a Multi-academy Trust? What questions should you be asking them?

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When meeting with prospective Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) , it’s essential to ask relevant questions to gather as much information as possible and get a feel for how well they might align with your school.

GovernorHelp provides some suggestions for questions to consider across a number of key themes.

Vision and Values:
  • Ask the MAT about their overarching vision for education and how it aligns with your school’s vision.
  • Ask them about their values and how they are embedded in their approach to teaching and learning.
  • Seek examples of how the MAT has successfully implemented their vision and values in other schools within the trust.
Performance and Track Record
  • Request data on the academic performance of schools within the MAT, including exam results, progress measures, and any notable achievements.
  • Ask about the trust’s approach to school improvement and how they support underperforming schools.
  • Enquire about the trust’s track record in terms of raising standards and achieving positive outcomes for students.
Support and Resources
  • Seek information on the specific support and resources the MAT can offer your school, such as access to subject specialists, professional development opportunities, or financial assistance.
  • Ask them about the trust’s approach to staff development and how they ensure high-quality teaching and learning across their schools.
  • Ask for examples of how the MAT has supported schools in overcoming challenges or implementing successful initiatives.
Autonomy and Collaboration
  • Discuss the level of autonomy individual schools within the MAT have and how decisions are made collaboratively.
  • Enquire about the trust’s approach to sharing best practices and fostering collaboration among schools.
  • Ask for examples of successful collaborative projects or initiatives within the trust.
Governance Structure
  • Seek clarity on the roles and responsibilities of governors within the MAT and how they are involved in decision-making processes.
  • Ask them about the transparency of the trust’s governance structure and how they ensure accountability.
  • Ask about the support and training provided to governors to ensure they are equipped to fulfill their roles effectively
 
Communication and Relationships
  • Enquire about the trust’s communication channels and how they facilitate effective communication between schools, staff, and governors.
  • Ask about the opportunities for networking and sharing best practices within the trust.
  • Seek examples of how the MAT fosters positive relationships and collaboration among schools.

Remember to tailor these questions to your specific school’s needs and priorities.

By asking these types of questions, you’ll be able to gather valuable insights to make a well-informed assessment of the Multi-Academy Trust and their potential suitability for your school.

For more information, see the DfE guidance here

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