The DfE has just published a new document 'Multi-academy trusts: good practice guidance and expectations for growth' that is essential reading for NAHT members considering joining or becoming a MAT, or for those already in MATs considering expansion.
It sets out 'design principles' for academy trusts, including those establishing new trusts and existing trusts planning to grow and also provides examples of good practice.
Crucially, it explains what Regional School Commissioners (RSCs) will look for when assessing the capacity of MATs at each stage of their development. It also provides a framework which helps trusts at all stages of their development learn from others, and gives the DfE's view of the characteristics of successful academy trusts, and the barriers that they will need to overcome in order to secure their ongoing success.
At a time when we know that different Regional Schools Commissioners are taking different approaches, this also sets out the official position and we hope that it will lead to greater consistency across the country.
Page Published: 12/12/2016