Staying in Control of your School's Destiny 

NGA worked in partnership with Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Browne Jacobson to develop a series of guidance aimed at senior leaders and governors of standalone schools (maintained schools or academies), as they consider the future of their school in a system increasingly comprising of academies in multi-academy trusts (MATs). 

It spells out the benefits and types of collaboration, as well as the steps they need to take to form a group of schools accountable to one governing board. More than half of academies are now part of multi-academy trusts, and maintained schools are coming together in federations. Collaboration gives schools the opportunity to provide staff with more opportunities and professional development; work together to tackle recruitment shortages; use their combined buying power to negotiate discounts on equipment and other resources, and share expertise to support one another and tackle challenges.

An increasing body of evidence shows that strong collaboration combined with joint accountability can lead to better progress and attainment for pupils and help schools meet rising expectations.

Download part one: ‘Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: considering forming or joining a group of schools’ 

Download part two: ‘Staying in Control of your School’s Destiny: joining a multi-academy trust’ 

Download part three: ‘Staying on Control of your School’s Destiny: forming a multi-academy trust’ 

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