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Being The CEO programme – Cohort 2

We are delighted to announce details of the second Being The CEO programme. To find out more details please visit: Being The CEO; new and aspirant CEO programme 2019/20 To request an application form, please email: [email protected]  This programme has been hugely beneficial in the development of my role as a new CEO. The structure ofLearn More >

Why we are ditching the use of MAT

#MATLeaders networks become #TrustLeaders networks I am pleased to announce that Forum Strategy’s six regional networks for academy trust CEOs and leaders are to be rebranded as #TrustLeaders from today, after much discussion and contemplation. I strongly believe it is time to ditch the use of ‘MAT’ when describing multi-academy trusts. As well as beingLearn More >

BLOG: The MAT sector’s priority is to now connect with those who matter

Michael Pain’s termly blog Another term comes to an end and there is much to reflect on around the development of the multi-academy trust sector. Whilst much is being achieved, and so many trusts up and down the country are sustaining or securing improvements in their schools – often in highly challenging circumstances, the sectorLearn More >

BLOG: Initial thoughts on Ofsted’s summary evaluations of academy trusts

The last few weeks have seen Ofsted publish an initial batch of ‘summary evaluations’ of multi-academy trusts. These reports are the first published under its new approach to reviewing academy trusts, as outlined here: Overview of Ofsted’s approach to ‘summary evaluations’ of MATs. Whilst it is early days, we have been watching with interest which aspectsLearn More >

#TrustLeaders Resources: Case Studies; Articles; Thinkpieces; Videos & Reports

A wide range of resources for CEOs and boards Forum Strategy is the leading national consultancy and networking organisation for academy trusts. Here is a sample of some of the case studies, resources, materials and articles that we’ve produced in 2018. Our members and subscribers receive a weekly briefing on strategy developments in the sectorLearn More >

Policy Roundtable Report 3: Sustainability through an age of austerity

Forum Strategy runs five regional networks for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of multi-academy trusts (MATs); in the East Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, the South Midlands and London, and the West Midlands; involving almost 100 MATs across the country. We also run a leadership programme for new and aspirant CEOs and provideLearn 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 >

7 Pillars of Improvement at Scale

How can academy trusts prepare to successfully scale up their model for 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 >