Questions to support MAT board self-review

Reviewing board effectiveness is good practice and self-review is one of the main methods that governing boards use to monitor and improve their governance.

Download twenty-one questions for MAT boards (PDF)

Self-review questions for academy committees (local governing bodies) are also included in this document.

We recommend that those governing in a maintained school use our twenty questions for governing boards.

Ensuring your MAT governance structure is fit for purpose

MATs tend to have multiple layers of governance where respective roles must be well defined. Different MATs can and will have different structures but in all cases, the structure should support better outcomes for pupils. These questions can be used by MAT boards to help ensure that their governance structure is fit for purpose.

Twenty-one questions for MAT boards was developed by NGA and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance to support governing board self-review.

Consultation on twenty-one questions

NGA is seeking feedback on how boards have used the questions in the past; how the questions have helped to shape and improve practice; and any areas of self-review that are not currently covered.

Have your say on the twenty-one questions consultation

Further reading

You can also browse our dedicated page for multi academy trusts to find the latest NGA guidance, advice, professional development and e-learning, developed exclusively for trusts. 

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