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 the twenty-one questions for MAT boards

These questions were developed by NGA and the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Education Governance to support governing board self-review.

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.

“These questions address really important issues. MAT board effectiveness is important, it’s important that we get the structures right and it’s important that we get executive leadership right. For that to happen we have to ask the right questions.”
Neil Carmichael MP, chair of the APPG

2020 update

This resource was updated in December 2020. The content of the twenty-one questions has not changed. However, we've refreshed the document and included some useful links.

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