What we do

The MAT Partnership Programme

Multi-academy trusts learning from each other and developing together

Based on the robust framework of our Schools Partnership Programme, the MAT Partnership Programme brings MATs together to support and learn from each other through the power of facilitated, strategic peer review. Drawing on the knowledge and expertise we've developed through working with hundreds of school partnerships across the country, we offer an evidence-informed approach to collaboration between MATs, enabling them to learn, develop and improve together.

As Multi-academy trusts continue to become an integral part of the education system in England, our MAT Partnership Programme forms an important part of our vision to co-create a sustainable, self-improving, school-led system, with lateral accountability, collaboration and peer review at its heart.

The MAT Partnership Programme and the Schools Partnership Programme are complementary. They offer compatible peer review processes for each level of a trust. If as a trust, you have previously applied the SPP framework within your organisation, you may choose to adopt the MAT Partnership Programme to offer benchmarking beyond your organisation, and vice versa.

 

How it works

The programme is built on the principle of collaborative system-led improvement: MAT leaders working with MAT leaders to build capacity and capability across all schools.

When a trust joins the MAT Partnership Programme, they become part of a professional community of MAT leaders supported by us, working and learning together.

We bring MATs together to establish peer review partnerships and in pairs, MATs work through the peer review process, offering challenge and support to each other.

Trusts can also choose to join with an existing MAT partner to mature their relationship and add rigour and trust-based accountability.

 

The three stages, each with distinct benefits:

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Trusts that are part of  the MAT Partnership Programme will:

+ Be matched with another MAT to form a peer review partnership, if they come to us without a partner.

+ Be assigned an expert facilitator to support them in the planning and delivery of powerful and meaningful peer review.

+ Benefit from our MAT performance framework to enable comprehensive self and peer review.

+ Gain access to a wealth of online tools and resources throughout their peer review journey.

+ Receive training in professional peer review to strengthen review and evaluation skills within their senior teams.

 

Building on the peer review

Peer review is at its most effective when the insights it generates are used to inform future improvement planning.

A vital part of our core school-led programme are designated “Improvement Champions” who facilitate workshops exploring the outputs of peer review and shape action plans. Improvement Champions are teachers and middle-leaders who undergo training with our expert associates to develop the skills needed for the role.

By creating Improvement Champions, schools ensure that a colleague with the right skills are responsible for ensuring the benefits of peer review are fully realised.

Trusts will have different structures and processes for driving improvement. But the principle remains the same, and our Improvement Champion training is a tried and tested approach for building the capacity for improvement. As part of the MAT Partnership Programme, we have developed an adapted version of the training available to trust staff.

We're delighted to be working with Forum Strategy as a Strategic Advisor on the MAT Partnership Programme.

Forum Strategy supports chief executives and executive leaders to thrive in their roles through high quality professional development, consultancy and thought-leadership. 

They run a national Trust Leaders network for CEOs, a national network for COOs, and the Being The CEO programme. Their work and thinking has regularly featured in the education press and they have worked with a range of organisations, including Ofsted and the National Governance Association, to inform system thinking.”

Want to know more? Great, we love to talk!

Contact us to discuss your trust and whether the MAT Partnership Programme is right for you.

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