Establishing and Joining Multi-Academy Trusts: From Conversion to Approval

Speaker Confirmed:

  • Jodie Semp Blaskey, Deputy Director, North-West London and South Central Region, Academies Regional Delivery Group, DfE
  • Joan Binder, Vice Chair, FASNA
  • Lee Coley, Partner, Stone King LLP
  • Debbie Clinton, Deputy CEO, Diverse Academies Learning Partnership


As the schools system continues to become a more academised environment, the role of multi-academy trusts will become increasingly important. On issues from school improvement to budgeting under the new funding arrangements, MATs are expected to provide significant and growing support.

This timely Westminster Briefing event will explore every stage of establishing or joining a multi-academy trust, from converting through to day one of the MAT. A Senior DfE Representative will outline some of their recently issued ‘design principles’ and outline how the government see this policy developing.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • An update of developments in the Academy process since the White Paper
  • Issues Governing Bodies and Senior Leaders should be considering
  • The RSCs role in approving MATs and standalone academies
  • Converting from a Maintained School to an Academy
  • Key stages in establishing a MAT and how to prepare
  • The MAT Model and The Scheme of Delegation: preserving autonomy
  • The role of the CEO in the leadership of the MAT
  • Supporting school improvement: four stage improvement model
  • Distributing funding fairly to ensure financial sustainability: implications of the New Funding Formula
  • The role of the Local Authority in relation to MATs

The Event:

The morning session will focus on the key issues facing schools looking to join or establish a MAT and the impact of that move on their setting.

The afternoon session will highlight examples of best practice and examine individual experiences to pull out key strategies for success.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657. To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Who should attend?

You will join a range of school and education stakeholders including, but not limited to: senior leaders within MATs, school heads, school business managers, relevant governors, local authorities and anyone interested in or involved with academisation and MATs.

Wednesday 28th June 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Central London (venue TBC)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each

All displayed prices exclude VAT

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