Taking the next step

To support schools considering ‘taking the next step’ to join or form a multi academy trust (MAT), the National Governance Association has published updated guidance with the Association of School and College Leaders and Browne Jacobson.

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The guide 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

It covers:

  • considering your options
  • identifying potential organisations to join with
  • conducting due diligence
  • consulting with stakeholders
  • completing the process
  • integration

The guide is intended to be used by schools where the decision to join or explore the option of forming a trust resides with the existing governing board. Schools compelled by an academisation order may wish to refer to our information on directive academy orders.

Advice available on taking the next step

Governing boards with NGA GOLD membership can access independent and confidential advice on taking the next step. Our expert team of advisers will respond to any questions regarding joining or forming a MAT, the options available, how to carry out due diligence and consult with stakeholders. We can also arrange a follow up governing board Q&A session where it is agreed that this would be beneficial.

Our GOLDline advice service is open 9am to 5pm during the working week.

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