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The National #TrustLeaders Conference 2019

The national #TrustLeaders Conference 2019 took place in Nottingham. The theme was academy trusts at the heart of their communities, and contributors included Rt. Hon. Tony Blair, Frank Norris MBE, Pip Wilkin (CEO of the British Franchise Association), Marg Randles (Founder and CEO of Busy Bess Nurseries), and many more. Videos, speeches, new research reports,Learn More >

Being The CEO Programme 2020 – led by Sir Steve Lancashire

  Check out the introduction to our book: Being the CEO Book (published January 2019) Check out our article on the 6 differences between an Executive and a CEO: BLOG: 6 things that set the CEO role apart Check out our video resources: Leadership in Conversation Take a look at The National #TrustLeaders Conference 2019 Review some of ForumLearn More >

Ten top tips for effective PR and communications during a merger

Ten ‘top tips’ for effective PR and communication during the merger of academy trusts Katie Whirledge, Papillon Communications – Official PR Partner to Forum Strategy Take a look at our other two blogs in this series on mergers: The realities of merger: an academy CEO’s perspective Considering a merger? Hints and tips for CEOs  Learn More >

10 top tips for new CEOs

The end of the Summer break will see many people stepping up to the CEO role. New research has highlighted how many new CEOs considered themselves to be prepared for the role, only then for more than half of those surveyed to go back on that view six months into the job! Indeed, research showsLearn More >

BLOG: We’ve come a long way in improving trust governance, but there’s much more to do!

Today has seen the launch of NGA’s new report on the governance of multi-academy trusts, and a fine piece of work it is too. It provides an excellent summary of the current state of trust governance, and the key challenges we all need to work together to address. We’ve also this week seen the publicationLearn More >

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 >