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multi-academy trusts: achieving successful and sustainable growth

5 May 2016

The academy programme continues to be a key part of education policy; with the release of the ‘Educational excellence everywhere’ white paper, a ‘fully academised’ system will be in place by 2020 and that inevitably means more MATs. The Education and Adoption Bill gives the DfE and regional school commissioners (RSCs) greater powers to intervene in failing and coasting schools and academies.

There is no doubt that the current landscape provides leaders with the opportunity to shape local solutions. However, developing MATs also face a number of challenges, including succession planning for CEOs and executive principals, as well as growing your trust sustainably from a financial and educational perspective. This report from Optimus Education will provide welcome guidance and insight into the lessons learnt to date for those leaders looking to develop their MAT over the coming months and years.

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be connected newsletter for education - June 2020

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