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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 >

MAT Leaders Resources: Case Studies; Articles; Videos & Reports

A wide range of resources for MAT Leaders can be accessed here: MAT Leaders Resources All materials are Copyright Forum Education Limited

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 >

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 >

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 >