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Effective Bid Writing for MATs & Schools

Sarah Ginns – Research Manager, Strategy  In an environment where public funds are getting ever tighter and school budgets are being stretched as never before, it is perhaps unsurprising that an increasing proportion of my work over the past year or so has been focused on supporting trusts and schools  in bidding for additional funding.Learn More >

National MAT Leaders Conference 2018

On 27th September 2018, all four of our regional MAT Leaders networks came together for the annual conference in Sheffield. The theme was improvement and innovation at scale, and speakers included our CEO, Michael Pain; Professor Toby Greany of Nottingham University; Multi-award winning entrepreneur, Kate Lester; the Chief Constable of Durham Police, Mike Barton; andLearn More >

Policy Roundtable Paper 2: The role of Ofsted in the inspection of multi-academy trusts

Forum Education currently runs four regional networks for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of multi-academy trusts (MATs); in the East Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands; involving approximately 60 MATs across the country. Forum’s second #MATLeaders policy roundtable event took place in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, on 17th January 2018. This eventLearn More >

The role of the academy trust CEO

Article One: Delivering upon the vision and leading strategy  The role of academy trust CEO remains a very new one, and trust boards and leaders across the system are still finding their feet. The transition from executive headship essentially means that the lead professional must now make the leap to corporate leader, and it canLearn More >

7 Pillars of Improvement at Scale

 How can MATs prepare to successfully scale up their strategy for school improvement? A key question that we are regularly asked in our work with academy trust CEOs and boards across the country is:   ‘How do we grow sustainably and successfully?’ It’s a big question, with a complex answer which depends on the particular contextLearn More >

MAT Development: 7 pillars of improvement at scale: No. 5, Process

Before reading this section, please refer to MAT Development: 7 Pillars of Improvement at Scale; 1 – 4   Processes underpinning scalable improvement models   “We are expected to act with swiftness and consistency, even when the task requires marshaling hundreds of people – from laboratory technicians to the nurses on each change of shift toLearn More >

MAT Development: 7 Pillars of Improvement at Scale; 1 – 4

Michael Pain, Director, Forum Education Improvement at scale is fundamentally about organisational – rather than individual – capability; and for those MATs looking to scale up, it is important for their leaders to take a step back to move forward. School improvement is the core business of multi-academy trusts (MATs). Ensuring that successful schools continueLearn More >

Why so many MATs are yet to develop a compelling vision (and how they can go about forging and embedding one)

Earlier this year we produced a paper that set out our five key development priorities for multi-academy trusts: http://www.forumeducation.org/some-key-challenges-and-opportunities-for-the-mat-sector/. This strategic framework set out five key areas for MAT development: vision, school improvement, governance, becoming an employer of choice, and the quest for financial sustainability. All five are interdependent and, if developed successfully, will ensureLearn More >

National Early Headship Conference 2017

The National Early Headship Conference took place on 13th October 2017 in Nottingham. We’re adding a few resources from the event as and when they become available. “The most inspirational, valuable event I’ve ever attended. Thank you for giving me restored & renewed faith in myself and my school.” Delegate, 2017 “So much inspiration andLearn More >

Policy Roundtable Paper: Recruiting, Retaining & Training MAT Trustees; September 2017

Forum Education currently runs four regional networks for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of multi-academy trusts (MATs); in the East Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands; involving over 40 MATs across the country. Our work with these MAT networks and with other MATs in all regions has consistently highlighted theLearn More >