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School & trust leaders

The trust as a good employer

This session can be booked as an individual workshop or as part of the Development for MAT trustees programme.

Training & development
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As the employer, a MAT is legally responsible for all staff in the trust and schools. This session explores how trustees can fulfil this responsibility and lead a clear strategic approach that allows individuals to flourish in their roles.

At a glance

This session will cover:  

Meeting legal requirements 
Establishing a people strategy and staying strategic – understanding who does what  
Appointing, performance managing and rewarding senior leaders  
Ensuring staff development and staff engagement 
Performance management across the trust  
Contributing to staff wellbeing and reasonable workloads 
  • Excellent training from a knowledgeable and engaging consultant. Great content and chances to network and learn from others. Thank you, I've learnt so much!


    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:

    • How MAT boards should approach the employer role of governance, sharing common difficulties, challenges and solutions
    • The legal requirements placed on MATs for their employees
    • Governance approaches to monitoring that legal requirements are being met by the CEO and management team
    • How the board can fulfil its role in developing and monitoring a suitable people strategy for the MAT that moves beyond compliance
    • How the board and MAT staff should work together to achieve effective performance management and staff development in all areas, seeking professional HR support and third party assurance where necessary.
    • 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 how your board can make an effective contribution to ensuring that the MAT is a good employer
    • 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.