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Governing board roles

Effective MAT Governance


At a glance

This module will help MAT trustees to improve their board’s performance and deliver better outcomes for pupils.

You will cover:

organisational identity
governance structures
trust board effectiveness
engagement with stakeholders
effective accountability of the executive leadership
impact on pupil outcomes
Study time

1 hour 15 minutes

Certificate upon completion

Module description

If you are governing in a MAT – or in a maintained school or single academy trust that is considering forming or joining a MAT – this comprehensive module will build your understanding of the fundamental areas of effective governance, and provide you with accessible, engaging support that will help you to address the challenges you will face and give you the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.

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    • “Very helpful in provoking thinking about governance in a MAT and especially the roles of each element and how to avoid confusion/overlap”

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    • “Course was very informative; particularly liked the resources where I have printed out a great deal of information which I was unsure of and will now read and refer to this whenever required.”


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    • “An excellent insight into governance under a MAT format. Vital training to anyone entering a MAT governance role or to an existing governor in a setting currently transitioning to a MAT format.”


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      Who developed this module?

      Paul Aber
      Paul Aber

      Head of Training Development

      Paul leads and manages NGA’s face-to-face training, e-learning and development programmes. This includes recruiting, training and managing NGA’s team of consultants and trainers. Paul has many years’ experience of governance, including in maintained schools and academy trusts.

      Sam Henson
      Sam Henson

      Deputy Chief Executive

      Sam oversees NGA’s policy, communications and research services, supporting NGA to achieve positive change in the policy of school governance. He is the policy lead for NGA’s work on the governance of multi academy trusts.

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