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WEBINAR: MAT Partnership Programme launch

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. Join us on Tuesday 8 June.

Led by SPP Associate Jane Creasy, we are delighted to be joined by our panelists Sharon Gernon-Booth from the College of Policing, Michael Pain, Founder of the Forum Strategy, Helen Rowland, CEO of Focus-Trust, and Andy Yarrow, CEO of Anthem Trust.

Being a MAT CEO can be isolating and high risk – and as Michael Fullan says, isolation is the enemy of improvement – looking only inwards, your improvement will be limited...

Join our discussion, where we will explore:

+ the importance of peer review in securing sustainable organisational development at scale, in the developing Trust sector.

+ the value of peer support in developing resilience and effective organisational practice in a context of high stakes, public-facing decision making and external inspection by HMI.

+ insights from Trust leaders on how conducting a robust, facilitated, evidence-based peer review cycle has helped CEOs - and their leadership teams – to engage in challenging, mutually beneficial conversations together, supporting improvement across both Trusts. 


Register now

This webinar is designed for Trust leaders who want to collaborate and improve using an authentic, reciprocal and self-sustaining approach to peer review. Register below for your free place.

I want to attend on 8 June, 4pm-5.30pm




Sharon Gernon-Booth

Role: Head of Organisational Development and Peer Support

About: Sharon leads the College of Policing Organisational Development Faculty work relating to business change, continuous improvement and peer support. Her national responsibilities include police force efficiency, demand and performance management. Her team provide peer support, virtual change management resources, workshops and networks for practitioners and leaders at all levels.


Andy Yarrow

Role: CEO of Anthem Schools Trust

About: Andy has previously served as Regional Director at Oasis Community Learning and was responsible for primary, secondary and all-through academies, including Fresh Start and converter academies and newly established free schools.


Helen Rowland

Role: CEO of Focus-Trust

About: A former primary head teacher, Helen is Chief Executive of Focus-Trust, a values-based primary Trust with a well-embedded culture of collective efficacy. Helen works with leaders and teams to develop and improve leadership and quality of education for positive impact on children and communities by prioritising professional development, pedagogy, wellbeing and curriculum.


Michael Pain

Role: CEO of Forum Strategy

About: Michael is founder and CEO of Forum Strategy and a national network of well over one hundred academy trust Chief Executives. He is a long-standing strategic adviser to Trust CEOs and Chairs, a ‘sought-after’ coach to leading executives and author of the acclaimed book on academy trust leadership, ‘Being The CEO.'


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Jane Creasy

Role: SPP Associate

About: Jane is currently working with a group of multi-academy trust CEOs as they grapple with current complexities, and with leaders of four municipalities in Norway as they seek to implement a new national curriculum that focuses on 21st century skills.

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