Forging a firm leadership foundation is a key job for the head of any multi-academy trust if they want their schools to thrive in the long term. Primary executive head and MAT CEO Michaela Lewis talks to Liam Donnison about her approach

Michaela Lewis is executive headteacher and chief executive of the Viking Academies Trust, formed in 2015 and made up of Upton Juniors in Broadstairs, Chilton Primary in Ramsgate and a new school – Ramsgate Arts Primary.

The creation of a multi-academy trust (MAT) presents a major challenge for leaders, especially in times of limited funding.

Mission statements and vision are one thing, but a trust also needs a firm leadership foundation so that precious resources such as funding, staffing and learning resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible. So, how does Ms Lewis and her team tackle this area?

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