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Stephen Chamberlain

National Leader of Governance, CEO,
Challenger Multi Academy Trust

Stephen was appointed as the Chief Executive and Trustee of the Challenger Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT) in September 2015 and in 2017 became an NLG. CMAT is a DfE approved sponsor with seven academies in Bedfordshire and Essex. The first two sponsored academies to join the trust, Lancot Challenger Academy & Kempston Challenger Academy were both graded ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2018. Stephen was previously the Regional Director of Education for the East of England for a large multi academy trust where he oversaw the work of fifteen primary, secondary and special academies. He was the founding Executive Principal of Clacton Coastal Academy as well as undertaking other executive roles for the MAT.

  • Assessing how boards of trustees can engage with key performance data to support a strategic plan for pupil outcomes
  • Exploring how a governance structure engages with the leadership to enhance teaching, learning and outcomes within a trust
  • Discussing the latest strategies in addressing teacher workload within an academy
  • Analysing strategies to utilise benchmarking, shared learning and pooled resources to enhance teaching and learning and outcomes within a trust
  • Evaluating the role of a governing board in supporting and developing a school improvement plan to close attainment gaps and address key barriers to learning
  • Sharing lessons in effective governance strategies which have transformed attainment and performance outcomes