Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust

A new NGA guide for newly appointed trustees

Our 2nd edition guide Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust is available to purchase from our online shop.

Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust provides high-quality practical information on MAT governance structure and practice for new trustees and senior leaders,whether they have previous experience of governing in standalone schools or organisations in other sectors.

Nine packed chapters explore how to be a successful MAT trustee, covering:
  • The legal role of trusteeship: introduction to a MAT
  • What makes governance in a MAT different?
  • The business of the board including meetings of members
  • How schools work: curriculum, assessment, safeguarding, complaints and exclusions
  • Knowing your schools: how to tell if your trust is doing well, chief executive reports, visiting school and performance data  
  • Staffing: senior executive team, staffing structures and HR
  • Fiduciary functions: accounts and managing the budget and insurance
  • External agencies: Ofsted, charity commission, Department for Education
  • Growing the trust: is there an optimum size for a MAT? Getting it right and routes to expansion
  • Plus much more.
Who is this guides for?

Quite simply, if you’re a MAT trustee, chief executive, senior leader or clerk, this guide is essential reading. 

"Welcome to a Multi Academy Trust is a comprehensive reference of what trustees must know to carry out their legal and educational responsibilities." Schools Week
  • Members: £6
  • Non-members: £12 (if you're not a currently a member but you'd like to be, find out more about our membership options)
  • If your multi academy trust is a member, you will receive a free copy when you join NGA.
Purchase your copy 
  • Buy online
  • Call 0121 237 3780 
  • For bulk discounts (over 15 copies) please call the office on 0121 237 3780, or email Ravinder: admin@nga.org.uk