As a teacher, how do you get the most out of your school’s multi-academy trust? Paul Ainsworth looks at some of the opportunities MATs should be providing for their staff and what teachers themselves can do to take advantage

If more and more schools are joining MATs, then we need to ensure that we are doing so for the right reasons and that all colleagues receive something tangible and valuable from the MAT we propose to join.

What have the Romans ever done for us?

There can be a feeling in some schools of: “What has the MAT ever done for us?” It conjures up images from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian: “What have the Romans ever done for us?”

Now, while your MAT may not have brought “sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh-water system, and public health”, there will be whole list of services that are provided.

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