MAT Growth Audits

MATs are growing rapidly and the measurement of success is, rightly, student outcomes. That is what we are all here for.

There are, however, too few ways to check the overall health of the trust. Sadly, issues usually only come to light when it is too late and problems have become apparent.

A MAT Growth Audit has been established to act as an overall health check on a trust. Using a mix of educationalists, School Improvement Partners, Education Advisers, finance and back office support practitioners, Governors and NLG’s, and ex-DfE officers the audit assesses six critical areas of an organisation, and answers one key question: Is the trust ready and robust enough to welcome more schools into their network?

The benefits go far beyond helping your organisation to avoid pitfalls and strengthen the offer. Previous audits have provided RSCs with information to enable them to broker negotiations with other schools or MATs, and trusts have provided their findings to schools that are interested in joining them to show their capacity and capability to lead school improvement at every level.

In short, a MAT Growth Audit can help rubber stamp your trust’s ambitions.

The process is straightforward and simple. The scope of the project is defined with an initial meeting to Trustees.

A timetable is set, work undertaken and then a draft report issued to Trustees for comment before a final version is produced.

Costs are dependent on the size of MAT and agreed activities to be undertaken.

We have worked with Jeff Marshall on our last three conversions. I have been impressed with their breadth of knowledge and responsive, pro-active approach to the process. They are genuinely interested in both the Trust and the converting school and go over and above to ensure a smooth transition. They are not a faceless organisation – they have taken the time to get to know our Trust and its culture, which is very important to us.

Anita Ghidotti, Chief Executive, Pendle Education Trust