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3rd #MATLeaders Policy Roundtable: Successful and sustainable trusts in an age of austerity

Date: 15th November 2018 (10.00am – 1.00pm with lunch)

Venue: The Great Hall, The Archbishops Palace, Southwell Minster

Cost: Nil. ( Members trusts and invitees only, Numbers very limited. )


This roundtable follows on from two highly successful roundtables involving delegate CEOs and Chairs from across our 4 regional #MATLeaders networks, as well as senior leaders from Ofsted and the NGA. At Forum Strategy, we are continuing our commitment to providing the sector with a voice, both in terms of sharing best practice and contributing to better policy.

Reports and press coverage from previous roundtables can be accessed here:

This latest roundtable will focus on the sustainability of academy trusts in an era of continuing austerity, and look at how trusts are using their scale, expertise and reach to find new solutions that achieve better value for money and improved quality of provision for pupils. It is clear that austerity is not going away, not least with increasing demands for funding across the public sector. It is crucial that we learn from MATs and other organisations that are achieving sustainable solutions and ensuring that their end-users – in the case of MATs, children and young people – continue to receive the highest standards of provision to meet their evolving needs and aspirations.


We will ask:

How are trusts maximising their resources and expertise to improve pupils’ education experiences, whilst achieving better value for money? (With key contributors)

What kind of skills, expertise and experience is necessary to harness resources, whilst generating additional income and social captial to benefit pupils?

How can government (aside from increasing funding!) better support trusts to achieve innovation and create sustainable services for themselves and the wider system?

What are the risks, and how can governance and ethical leadership ensure a values-led approach to new organisational models?


The discussion and conclusions will again be captured in a report, and shared with the DfE, the ESFA, MAT CEOs and Chairs across our networks, and through the education media.


If you would like to book onto this event, please contact us at [email protected] – the deadline for applications to attend is 10th October.


Read press coverage of our previous roundtables here:

September 17, 2018