Course Cost:

Non Members: £125.00 (excluding VAT)

Members: £112.50 (excluding VAT)

Course Length: 0.5 Day

Venue address:
PBM Inspection Services, Heath House Training and Conference Centre, Cheadle Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, ST14 7BY

Course Date

01 January 2020

Course Time

13:00 to 15.30

01 January 2020    


Becoming an academy and forming a multi-academy trust (MAT)

This course will examine the implications of converting to academy status and the issues involved in forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust

Increasingly, schools are looking at converting to academy status with most of them either forming, or joining, multi-academy trusts.

The course will provide up to date information of the implications of these developments for governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools.

It will look at the differences between academies and maintained schools, funding arrangements, conversion process and how multi-academy trusts work. It will also explain the governance and leadership models of academies, particularly those that are part of multi-academy trusts.

By the end of the course participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The implications of becoming an academy and forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust
  • What sponsored and converter academies are and how they differ from maintained schools
  • How academies and multi-academy trusts are funded and their main freedoms especially with regard to admissions, pay and conditions and the curriculum
  • Multi-academy trusts, their governance and models and how they work
  • The roles of members, trustees and local governing bodies in multi-academy trusts

Key benefits of this course for the school:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • current developments in the academies programme
  • the implications of academy conversion
  • how to effectively plan future developments in this area
  • the key issues to consider when forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust
  • how a school can keep its individual identity when part of a multi-academy trust

In-School Training Information

In-School Training

This course is available as in-school training. If you would like to find out more about in-school training please go to the in-school training section CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT IN SCHOOL TRAINING
or call us on 01889 567 014

Aimed at

This CPD course is designed for governors, headteachers and senior leaders in primary, secondary and special schools.

Detailed course outline and session time table

Becoming an academy and forming, or joining, a multi-academy trust (MAT)

Session 1

  • Recent developments in the academies programme and the implications for schools
  • Becoming an academy and forming, or joining, multi-academy trusts
  • Sponsored and converter academies – what is the difference?
  • How does an academy differ from a maintained school?
  • Academies, multi-academy trusts and school improvement
  • What is a multi-academy trust and how does it work?
  • Deciding which multi-academy trust to join

Session 2

  • The characteristics of multi-academy trust models
  • The benefits of being part of a multi-academy trust
  • The key issues to consider when setting up a multi-academy trust
  • Retaining your identity within a multi-academy trust
  • Governance and leadership models including the role of members, trustees and local governing bodies
  • The funding arrangements for academies, and multi-academy trusts, in view of the proposed schools national funding formula
As part of our quality assurance policy, and to ensure courses are always up to date, we reserve the right to update, alter and improve courses without prior notice in order to encompass any emerging changes in legislation, framework, or government guidance.

Tutor information and course feedback

Andrew has been an independent consultant and school inspector, in the primary and secondary sectors, for over seventeen years. He currently works with governors, headteachers and senior and middle leaders in a number of areas, including the academies and multi-academy trust programmes and in a wide range of school improvement issues. Andrew is an education adviser for the DfE as well as for many local authorities, multi-academy trusts and individual academies and schools.  


Here are just a few of the features of the course which delegates found useful:

  • “Subject knowledge of trainer”
  • “Ability to discuss”
  • “Clarification!”
  • “Responded well to questions. Tailored training to needs of the group”
  • “Clarity and the opportunity to contribute to a very useful meeting”
Clearly presented information, good handouts. All questions answered logically and from a comprehensive knowledge.
Andrew is an excellent presenter...clear, focussed, met needs and appropriate to the audience.
Very clear and easy to understand independent advice given.
I now have a much more secure understanding of academies and myths have been debunked.
Clear information given without bias.
Clear presentation and highlighting key parts to provide balanced view of topic.
Depth of information
Very clear presentation on a 'mine field' of a subject area.
Clear and factual
Clear delivery and opportunity to raise questions and have them answered.
A good overview to start thinking about options for the future.
Question answered immediately.
Excellent knowledge.
Up to date information.
Right balance between instruction and discussion.

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