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Growing a Successful and Financially Viable MAT

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FREE online course


Book for 24 November for FREE


Facilitator - Philippa Ollerhead

This online course is for schools that are considering starting a new multi-academy trust or new trusts that are considering the options available to grow. Delegates will be given the opportunity to discuss the different options available to grow and how to create a sustainable infrastructure for long-term success and financial viability.


Head teachers, CEOs, Executive Head teachers and Chief Finance Officers in all sectors


  • Investigate the MAT application process

  • Investigate MAT growth options – how to grow strategically and retain outstanding outcomes

  • Consider collaboration and how school leaders can improve all aspects of MAT life through effective collaboration and communication

  • Evaluate best practice staffing structures for the central team and individual schools within the trust

  • Review the role of the CEO and the changes necessary to accommodate a growing trust

  • Discuss and develop ideas for trust wide school improvement strategies to secure the best outcomes for pupils across the trust

  • Discuss and develop ideas for developing a financially viable and sustainable trust infrastructure incorporating economies of scale


Philippa Ollerhead

Philippa has had a long career in education, having been a Head of English, a Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher of a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework in order to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.

Philippa is a training partner for the National Association of Head Teachers, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as Removing the Stress from Ofsted Inspections, Safeguarding, Financial Transparency for Maintained Schools, Growing MAT structures and An Introduction to Executive Headship.

Philippa has been an education improvement adviser for 6 years and works with schools in all sectors around the country supporting school leaders.