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No going back: Choosing the right MAT for your school

Once your school has joined a multi-academy trust there is rarely any going back. As such, we must choose the right MAT for our ethos and community. Paul K Ainsworth offers some advice to primary heads and governors when taking this important decision

Is this the year that your school joins a multi-academy trust (MAT) or will you continue to plough your own furrow? If it is going to be this year, then the challenging question is: which is the right MAT for you, your school and your community? Remember once you have joined there is rarely any going back.

MATs continue to divide opinion among many educationalists. I think that Covid has affected people’s views of academisation very differently. Some schools who had joined MATs have been grateful for the support and care they received during the pandemic. Some leaders in standalone schools have felt so lonely that they are now eager to look at MAT opportunities.

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