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Leadership webinar: joining a MAT (video and webchat)

Discussion in 'Senior Leadership Team' started by AndrewFIS, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Should your school join a MAT? What are the advantages and risks? How can you assess whether the MAT has the right cultural fit with your school?

    As part of the TES Leadership webinar series, I’ll be putting your questions to Ian Mackintosh, director of Inteta Ltd.

    We will examine what school leaders and their governing bodies should consider when reviewing whether to join a MAT.

    Post your questions below now - and, if you can, join in our live webchat on July 19 at 4.30pm.

    Before that, you can watch a video we’ve made in which Ian and I discuss the issues, with key advice for school leaders.

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    To access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Leadership subscriber.
     
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  2. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    The webinar video will be available for seven days in this thread after the webchat. If you wish to view the webinar after 25th July or to access all the videos in the TES Leadership series, plus an exclusive database of grants available to schools, become a TES Institutional subscriber. You can find out more information here.
     
  3. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Hi,

    Don't forget to submit your questions below ahead of tomorrow's webchat.

    Thank you.
     
  4. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    Good afternoon and welcome to today’s webchat.


    The TES Leadership webchats give you the opportunity to put your questions to industry experts about key school management and operational issues.

    In a few moments I will hand you over to Andrew, who is editor of FIS, who will be hosting this week's hour-long webchat.

    Andrew and this week's guest, leadership expert panel member Ian Mackintosh, director of Inteta Ltd, who will be available for the next hour to answer your questions.

    If you have any questions please submit them below. Don't worry if we run out of time, any unanswered questions will be responded to and posted on this thread later this week.

    I'll now hand you over to Andrew.





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  5. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Hello and welcome to this webchat on joining a MAT. Joining me is Ian Mackintosh, director of Inteta Ltd. For those of you following this thread, please feel free to post your query. Remember to refresh your page to see the updates as they appear.

    Thanks for joining us, Ian.

    Why are schools joining MATs?
     
  6. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Thanks, Andrew.

    The main consideration has to be – “What will deliver the best long term outcomes for the pupils of the school”. The driving forces may be


    Outcome of strategic plan

    Improve financial performance

    Safeguard long-term future of the school

    LEA future and can it support local schools.

    Better opportunities for staff development

    Support other schools

    Safety in numbers

    Leverage spend across supplier base

    Challenge and support to drive improvement.


    The 3 guidance papers issued by ASCL, NGA and BrowneJacobson on “Staying in control of your schools destiny” are an excellent starting point in this process”. They can be downloaded from the NGA website at http://www.nga.org.uk/Guidance/Scho...on/Forming-or-joining-a-group-of-schools.aspx
     
  7. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Is the process straightforward?
     
  8. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Whilst the process can be reversed, it is difficult and time-consuming and has to be agreed by the Regional Schools Commissioner.

    It will be as a result of the MAT failing to support, challenge and deliver improvement in the schools on the MAT rather than – “we don’t get on”
     
  9. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What should schools consider when reviewing the type of MAT to join?
     
  10. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Primary only, Secondary only, Mixed Primary and Secondary SEND

    New MAT or established MAT

    Size of the MAT currently and planned

    Diversity – type of catchment areas; include special schools and referral units

    Faith – how important is the issue of

    Geographical spread: Local, regional or national groups
     
  11. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What is the most important factor(s) that ensures that the process delivers the best outcome for pupils?
     
  12. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    The Ethos and Values of the two schools have to line up. Failure to do so will result in tensions as different parts of the MAT try to operate with different cultures.
     
  13. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    How should a Governing Board a suitable MAT to join?
     
  14. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    My recommendation is that a small governor working party is set up to consider this. Good balance of all the stakeholders on the working group.

    One of the key actions of this group will be to establish “non-negotiables”

    These should be as few as possible in number but be quite clear as deal breakers.

    For example a CofE school may consider only joining a Faith based MAT as a non-negotiable.

    Other non negotiable may be

    Local based MAT

    Established MAT

    Primary only MAT etc etc.
     
  15. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    What should a school consider when drawing up a shortlist of potential MATs to join?
     
  16. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Once the working party has established its non-negotiables, it can identify its preferences for the type of MAT it believes it is appropriate to join e.g.

    Primary only, secondary only, mixed, SEND

    New or established

    Size

    Diversity

    Faith

    Geographical spread. etc.


    A separate exercise can be carried out to identify a long list of the MAT’s locally and nationally that could be considered, and this long list reduced to a short list of between 5 and 10 using the non-negotiables and preferences for type of MAT.
     
  17. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    How should the shortlist be whittled down to a preferred candidate? Also, what information should a school seek and how will it validate the answers?
     
  18. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Once the short list is produced, the working group can contact the MATs on the short list and ascertain if they are interested in the school joining the MAT and if they are, requesting preliminary written information. This will be agreed by the Working Group and is likely to be key documents such as:

    Ethos and Values

    Financial Statement/Accounts

    Articles of Association

    Scheme of Delegation

    MAT Governance Structure.

    Support and Challenge from the MAT


    The responses from the MAT’s on the short list will allow the Working Group to recommend 2 or 3 MAT’s to come and present to the full Board then the full Board can agree the preferred candidate.


    The working party and /or full governing board will need to agree what it is communicating to staff and parents at what stages in this process.
     
  19. AndrewFIS

    AndrewFIS Occasional commenter TES Leadership Expert

    Once a preferred MAT has been identified, how do both parties ensure that relevant questions are asked and answered by each other?
     
  20. Ian_Mackintosh

    Ian_Mackintosh New commenter TES Leadership Panel Expert

    Once agreement has been reached by all parties – on going ahead, a Due Diligence process will commence. This is the chance for a detailed evaluation by both parties of the potential risks and benefits of joining the MAT.

    Areas that are likely to be included are

    • The business case

    • Impact on T&L

    • Finance and Risk Management

    • Infrastructure condition

    • IT systems

    • Leadership

    • H.R.

    • Governance


    It is important that Governors talk to other schools within the MAT to confirm that what the MAT leadership team are saying is acted out in reality “down on the ground”.


    It is also important that all stakeholders have an input into this process.
     

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