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The board in action: establishing the trust vision, culture and strategy

This session can be booked alone, but it is part of the Development for MAT trustees programme. 

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Does your MAT have a suitable vision and strategy? This session will help trustees to ensure the board meets its responsibilities in creating and maintaining the right strategic direction for their school or trust.

At a glance

This session will cover:  

The strategic and generative role of the board  and setting the vision and strategy 
Achieving a healthy culture - the governance role
Shaping your trust’s organisational identity  
Stakeholder engagement in decision making
Sustainable improvement at scale: five strategic areas
To grow or not to grow - getting MAT growth right
  • There was nothing that would have made my experience better. I thought the content and relevance to my role was fully covered and the tutor put it across in a very friendly but highly professional manner. For me it was two hours very well spent indeed.


    Programme attendee

  • It was the vision, strategic planning and measuring results that impacted most. Also considering growth and sustainability. It was excellent.


    Programme attendee

    About this workshop

    • New MAT trustees or those soon to start in the trustee role 
    • Existing MAT trustees looking to check or refresh their understanding of the role 
    • Trust leaders wanting to develop their understanding of good MAT governance

    This session will develop your understanding of:

    • The strategic leadership role of the board, what this means in MATs, some common challenges and examples of poor practice
    • The importance of a shared vision, culture and strategy to the operation, development and improvement of the MAT – and how to ensure these are genuinely shared by all schools and their stakeholders
    • How to develop a suitable vision and strategy and the need to stay realistic, considering the risks, challenges, barriers and available resources
    • The relationship between the vision and strategy and MAT growth – and the need to build in a requirement for sustainable improvement across the organisation
    • Led by an experienced facilitator with expertise in MAT governance, this small-group session will allow you to work with other MAT trustees to understand good governance in relation to vision, strategy and culture
    • The session will be interactive using a mixture of participant activities and facilitator-led explanation and discussion
    • It will be supported by session materials, including a Resource Toolkit to direct your next steps

    about this programme

    Choose your learning option

    Development for MAT trustees programme

    • take the full Development for MAT trustees programme
    • book the whole programme and assign different members of your trust board to the most appropriate workshop for their governance role
    • choose your cohort and book

    Individual workshops

    Member price

    £ 125
    for each workshop

    Non-member price

    £ 150
    for each workshop

    Other workshops in the programme

    Browse and purchase individual sessions within the Development for MAT Trustees programme.