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- Ofsted 'summary evaluations' of MATs: explainer
Summary evaluations are Ofsted's new approach to gathering findings about a trust. Find out what happens at each stage of the process and what will be expected of you and your leadership team.
- How to advertise your MAT and schools when recruiting
Find out what to include in your recruitment adverts and where to post them so that you stand out and attract the best candidates. Look at examples of how other trusts advertise roles.
- Related party transactions: requirements and guidance
Ensure that your academy's transactions and relationships with related parties are compliant with guidance on meeting 'at cost' requirements, maintaining transparency, and managing conflicts of interests.
- Checks on trustees, members and local governors
You must carry out specific checks on trustees, members and local governors when they join your trust, including DBS and section 128 checks. Find out the details of the specific checks you need to make across different roles.
- Case study: how a 14-school trust set its top-slicing strategy
Learn how one trust set its top-slicing strategy with a focus on investment. Get tips on designing the principles of your service, costing your investment plans and how to make this trust's approach work for you.
- Creating a school improvement framework for your MAT
Here's how to create the environment in your MAT for driving school improvement. You'll learn what you need to determine as a central team, and how to involve each school in creating the improvement framework by sharing good practice and successful interventions.
- How to follow up an Ofsted inspection at one of your schools
Follow our guide so that you can provide effective support to your schools after they've been inspected by Ofsted. We go through the steps you should take whether your school is judged 'outstanding' or 'inadequate'.
- GDPR: template record of processing activities
Under the GDPR, you must record how you process the personal data you hold. Use our template and guidance to help you comply with this requirement now and on an ongoing basis in your MAT.
- Case study: one MAT’s process for new schools joining the trust
The Flying High Trust share their approach to new schools joining the trust. Learn about their due diligence process, how they assess their own capacity to grow and how they induct the new school over the first year.
- How to review your operating model: step 1
Your operating model is vital to understanding what your MAT does and how it's doing it. Use our downloadable tools to help you kick-start your review, and follow our step-by-step guide to ensure you have the right model to deliver your educational support and administrative functions sustainably.
- Academies Financial Handbook: changes from September 2019
Read about the major changes that you should be aware of, including new requirements for audit committees and whistle-blowing procedures.
- Financial benchmarking for multi-academy trusts (MATs)
Get expert advice on using internal and external benchmarking to improve your trust's financial health, and learn how to find trusts to benchmark against.