Running a multi-academy trust (MAT) is a demanding role and there is a need to support the development of executive leaders. This unique, highly successful eight-day course is designed to offer support and guidance to all existing and aspiring MAT executive leaders. These roles carry very particular duties and responsibilities. To be successful you will need knowledge of school improvement, good governance structures, financial and business management processes as well as bringing good leadership and change management skills.
Book three modules and receive a 5% discount or six modules and receive a 10% discount. Please contact us on +44 (0)1223 463757 to receive this offer. Discount is only applicable when the modules are booked together in advance and will not be applied to any retrospective bookings.
Cambridge Education has gained a distinctive reputation for providing advice, support and training to build capacity at school, academy trust, and local authority level. Drawing on this extensive experience, Cambridge Education has developed a unique eight-day course that will support and develop you in your role as an executive leader. The course will draw on a wide range of experienced individuals who have first-hand experience of the issues facing you as a leader of a MAT. It will give you the chance to fully understand your role, build your own capacity and network with others in a similar position.
There are eight modules delivered on eight discrete days, all presented by leading specialists in each field. You can enrol for the course as a whole or mix and match modules to your specific needs.
Please click on the module titles to find out more.
Module 1: Statutory responsibilities
This module is designed to provide senior officers within a multi-academy trust with an overview of the legal and regulatory context in which they are required to operate, basic knowledge of applicable law, and an understanding of when they should be seeking further advice.
Module 2: Finance and procurement
This module is designed for senior executive officers who do not come from a professional finance background, but who, as the senior executive of an academy trust, need to have a clear and detailed understanding of the responsibilities, requirements and issues related to the strategic financial operation of a trust.
Module 3: Priority policies
This module provides insight and overview on key policy areas that need to be considered and understood at both an executive and board level. It will focus on those areas of highest risk or complexity.
Module 4: Building a board
This module is focused on governance and looks at two key aspects:
- how can structures be developed to allow the organisation to manage, monitor and lead at all levels?
- what makes an effective board, and how do you achieve it?
Module 5: Developing a business plan
This is an area that can be unfamiliar to some, but the importance of a business plan will be developed through this module and equip delegates with tools and examples to use in developing their own.
Module 6: Driving trust–wide efficiencies through your ICT strategy
This module will consider the challenges facing a MAT when amalgamating schools’ potentially different ICT solutions, whilst also providing a solution that is fit for purpose to the needs of a MAT.
Module 7: Effective governance in MATs
Please note that this module has now been withdrawn and is replaced by the new “Governance in MATs” course.
Module 8: Due diligence - enabling the right decisions
This one-day course will explore the process of due diligence from the perspective of the acquiring MAT.
Specialist input into sessions is provided by:
- Education Funding Agency
- Taylor Culshaw Solicitors
- Mazars Auditors
- Mott MacDonald
- Safety Rocks
- dkHR (Human Resources)
Existing and aspiring MAT executive leaders.
Previous delegates have indicated that they would have benefitted significantly from attending the first three modules before becoming a multi-academy trust.
- Understand the role of MAT executive leaders.
- Understand the specific characteristics of the MAT structure, governance, legalities and financial management used in a MAT.
- Understand funding mechanisms and financial accounting and reporting requirements.
- Understand ICT strategy at a trust level and examine a range of options for moving your trust’s ICT development forward.
- Access a wide range of experts in the field who are currently working in MATs.
- Help to build your own support network.
You can enrol for the course as a whole or mix and match modules to your specific needs.
Book three modules and receive a 5% discount or six modules and receive a 10% discount. Please contact us on +44 (0)1223 463757 to receive this offer.
Discount is only applicable when the modules are booked together in advance and will not be applied to any retrospective bookings.
Eight days in total.
For more information or to book a place please call us on +44 (0) 1223 463757 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.