Taking the next step: A guide to forming or joining a MAT

Joint guidance with ASCL, Browne Jacobson and NGA

This guidance is intended for senior leaders, governors and trustees of single schools – whether maintained schools or single academy trusts (SAT) – who are considering joining or forming a multi-academy trust (MAT).

It has been jointly developed by the ASCL, Browne Jacobson, and the National Governance Association (NGA).

It is designed to be used by schools where the decision to join or explore the option of forming a trust resides with the existing governing board. While it is not targeted at schools compelled by an academisation order or forced rebrokering, schools in this situation may find some of the information useful.

This guide sets out a step-by-step process for joining or forming a MAT. It is designed to help governing boards and school leaders to:
  • understand the current policy landscape
  • explore the potential benefits of being part of a group of schools in a MAT
  • evaluate the options
  • develop a shared understanding of the process
  • make the best long-term decision for their school
Download the guidance here

Further information is also available on the NGA's website here

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