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                                                                                                                                                     10, 11, 12 November 2021

Day one

10:20 - 10:35

Roundtable discussions: What innovations will your Trust keep from the last 18 months? What are your key challenges for the year ahead?

12:10 - 13:00


Innovation and collaboration

Unpack the lessons from innovating at speed and gain strategies to collaborate for change

Matt Hood OBE, Founder and Principal, Oak National Academy



Instructional coaching for trust-wide school improvement: learnings from the field

Mark Gregory, Regional Director for Secondary (Birmingham), Ark Schools and Platinum Faculty Member of the Leverage Leadership Institute


Joint ventures

Release assets and drive efficiencies through joint ventures and alternative funding streams


Impactful Curriculum design

Research-informed primary curriculum underpinned by powerful knowledge, core skills and great pedagogy

Stef Edwards, Trust Leader, Learn Academy Trust


Mergers and partnerships

A look at mergers between smaller MATs and an exploration of the principle of partnerships and the impact on office functions and staffing

John McDermott, Finance Director, Robin Hood Trust

Steve Taylor, CEO, Robin Hood Trust

15:00 - 15:10
15:40 – 16:30


MAT dividend

A look at what a multi-academy trust is providing for each and every child within it, from a whole academy rather than an individual school point of view. Embark Federation have brought income in through fundraising and sponsorship and used this to organise amazing and life changing  events for their children. This practical workshop will allow you to think of opportunities for your own trust as well as leaving you with a handout of ideas to take away.

Matt Crawford, CEO, Embark Federation

Rosie McLaughlin, Fundraising, Marketing and Events Manager, Embark Federation


Talent management 

Upskill your staff in order to build career leadership

Jo Morgan, CEO, Shaw Education Trust


Energy management

Drive economies of scale within energy management across the whole Trust and promote sustainability


SEND review

Effectively evaluate the quality of provision for, and outcomes of, learners with SEND across the trust

Natalie Packer, Education Consultant, SEND and School Improvement


Reputation and brand management

Build your reputation to attract and retain both pupils and staff by ensuring accountability to your stakeholders

19:00 – 20:00