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Governing a Multi Academy Trust: a handbook for trustees

Essential reading on key roles, responsibilities and good practice.


Governing a Multi Academy Trust is the definitive handbook for multi academy trust (MAT) trustees. It offers invaluable guidance for trustees during induction and beyond.

Governance professionals and trust executive leaders will also find the handbook useful, particularly on matters of compliance and good governance.

Governing a Multi Academy Trust explores the characteristics of high-quality trusts, how to work with the local tier, and the impact of effective vision, strategy and identity.

The handbook also covers:

  • trust board responsibilities and legal obligations
  • trust governance structure
  • pupil wellbeing, learning and high-quality education
  • relationships between trust boards and executives
  • financial management, risk and resources
  • the trust’s role as an employer
  • trust growth and development
  • engaging with stakeholders and communities

Governing a Multi Academy Trust has been developed specifically for MAT trustees. All other types of governor and trustee should instead refer to Welcome to Governance.


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Inside the guide

Each chapter of Governing a Multi Academy Trust covers a specific topic and contains important information relating to key roles, responsibilities and good practice.

At the end of each chapter, further reading and resources are provided to help trustees embed learning and become effective in the role.

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