Is 3 the magic number for MAT budgets?

They say three is a magic number, but the ESFA’s announcement that academy trusts must now provide three-year budget forecasts (instead of one-year) may not have left MATs feeling too […]

What is governance?

I’ve never been a fan of the phrase ‘Critical Friend’. In my opinion, what a nonsensical phrase. When I first became a governor over 23 years ago, a wise man […]

What makes a successful MAT: Part 1

Every school, or group of schools, at the start of conversion considerations wonder what skill sets are required. By and large, there are 4 that RSC’s like. There is a […]

What makes a successful MAT part 2

Firstly, if you haven’t read Part 1 you can find that here. There are many things that make for a successful MAT but three things really underpin a successful MAT. […]

Education MATs v Business MATs

Nearly every school tells me they want a non-hierarchical, flat structure MAT than ‘being told what to do by people we don’t know’. For me, that discounts business MAT’s run […]