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Agenda

9:00 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Dr Aly Colman
Dr Aly Colman
Senior Teaching Fellow in Educational Leadership
Institute of Education, UCL
Confirmed
10:00 am
Department for Education Update: Levelling Up Education Through Robust Academy Structures

This session will provide insights from the Department for Education on the 2022 Schools White Paper, including plans to ensure every child can benefit from quality teaching through a multi-academy trust structure by 2030.

Updates will be shared on plans for implementation of wider initiatives outlined in the White Paper and how the trust system will support these, including how trusts and local authorities can best work together to ensure the interests of every child are met, how primary and literacy capabilities can be enhanced with school-to-school support, and expectations for how trust leaders and governing bodies can continue successful efforts in overcoming learning loss due to the pandemic.

Baroness Barran MBE
Baroness Barran MBE
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the School System)
Department for Education
Confirmed
10:30 am
Working with Regional Schools Commissioners and Expert Advisors to Enhance Trust Leadership and Governance  

This session will offer advice and guidance on how executive leaders and governance professionals across all trusts can build more effective relationships with their Regional Schools Commissioners and utilise the support and expertise of the renewed Advisory Boards.

Learn more about the role of the National Schools Commissioner and regional counterparts in working with schools to tackle underperformance, and how support will be offered to implement plans outlined in the Schools White Paper, including to ensure every child can benefit from a quality MAT structure by 2030.

This session will include time for questions.

Dominic Herrington
Dominic Herrington
National Schools Commissioner
Invited
11:00 am
Refreshments Break and Networking
11:20 am
Utilising Professional Development Opportunities as a Governance Professional to Improve Trust-wide Outcomes

This session will explore the role of various governance professionals that feed into the accountability structure of a MAT, including Chairs, Clerks, Trustees and LGBs, and examine what makes for effective partnership-working for governance.

Gain ideas for professional development opportunities that can help you as a Governor improve your ability to hold trust leaders accountable, considering the key skills required by different professionals, as well as approaches for ensuring roles are clearly defined across the governance structure of your trust.

This session will include time for questions.

Emma Balchin
Emma Balchin
Director of Professional Development
National Governance Association (NGA)
Confirmed
11:45 pm
Becoming an Effective CEO to Enhance Performance Across Your MAT

This session will offer insights from CST research on the core responsibilities of a MAT CEO and share ideas for how this research and set of guidance can be used to improve performance and support MAT growth.

Key discussion points will include:

  • The accounting and financial planning elements of a CEO role, and how to balance such responsibilities with other finance professionals in the trust
  • How the guidance links to and builds upon the Headteacher Standards, and clarifying the difference in expectations for a single school trust leader compared to the leader of a MAT
  • Using the guidance to plan and inform strategies for merging with other MATs or incorporating new schools into your trust

This session will include time for questions.

Malcolm Trobe CBE
Malcolm Trobe CBE
Consultant
Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Learning from the Research: The Future of Joined-up Education Leadership Across England

This session will outline the findings of research conducted by Stephen to understand the siloes in education leadership and identify ways to bridge gaps and encourage better peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.

Gain ideas for how to build relationships with leadership counterparts in local trusts and local authorities, and consider how the research can improve joined-up thinking within your MAT for better outcomes.

The research is due for publication in Spring 2022.

This session will include time for questions.

Stephen Morales
Stephen Morales
CEO
ISBL
Confirmed
12:35 pm
Peer Discussion Session: Challenges and Solutions for Effective Academy Governance and Leadership

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss with fellow attendees your key learnings and takeaways from the Conference thus far, and what ideas you have for planning and implementation to take back to your trust.

Share with peers the challenges you face in your governance or leadership role, and work together to discuss approaches to overcoming these, through this academic year and beyond.

12:50 pm
Lunch Break and Networking
1:50 pm
Panel Discussion: Building a Shared Culture and Communication Structure Across a MAT

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Exploring what it means to create a shared culture, including values and ethos, across a trust, and how to embed this in new schools joining a trust, or as part of a MAT merger
  • Discussing methods of effective communication to ensure shared goals and a commitment to outcomes, including between schools, between leadership and staff, and with pupils and parents
  • Examining how to design and implement trust-wide initiatives, recognising where adaptations might be needed for different contexts, as well as finding opportunities to pool resources and expertise
Matthew Crawford
Matthew Crawford
Trust Leader, Embark Federation
National Leader of Education
Confirmed
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
CEO, Wellspring Academy Trust
Winner of MAT of the Year, 2021 National Schools Awards
Invited
Elizabeth Jones
Elizabeth Jones
Chair of Governors, St Damian’s R. C. Science College
Winner of Governor of the Year, 2021 National Schools Awards
Invited
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Improving Diversity and Inclusion Across Leadership and Governance Roles

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Exploring barriers to attracting a diverse set of candidates to applying for executive leadership and governance roles within MATs
  • Considering how mentorship can be embedded across a trust to develop key leadership skills and ambition among a wider network of future education leaders
  • Practical ideas for how trust leaders and governors can work together to make the trust community and executive leadership roles more attractive, and also demonstrate commitment internally and externally to diversity and inclusion
  • Highlighting why increased diversity leads to better outcomes for pupils, and the trust community as a whole
Naureen Khalid
Naureen Khalid
Chair of Governors, Newstead Wood School
Author, Governing Matters
Confirmed
Hannah Stolten
Hannah Stolten
CEO
Governors for Schools
Confirmed
Rebecca Cox
Rebecca Cox
CEO Designate and Director of School Improvement
Hales Valley Trust
Confirmed
Sandra Harrison
Sandra Harrison
Education Consultant and Mentor
Invited
3:10 pm
Refreshments Break and Networking
3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Strengthening Governance and Oversight Procedures in a New Era of MAT Management  

Following a brief introduction, panellists will explore the key discussion points below. Delegates will be invited to raise questions and comments throughout for the panel to respond to.

  • Discussing the current landscape for academy trusts in light of expected expansion following the Schools White Paper and a focus on demonstrable learning loss recovery, and what this means for improving governance and accountability
  • Exploring best practice approaches to governance in other sectors, including charities and private companies, to consider key elements than can be more effectively implemented within MAT governance
  • Examining the different governance professionals and the roles they play in accountability and oversight, and how to ensure more clarity of responsibilities and expectations in your MAT
Malcolm Trobe CBE
Malcolm Trobe CBE
Consultant
Confederation of School Trusts (CST)
Confirmed
Alison Moon
Alison Moon
Trust Business Manager and Company Secretary, Veritas Multi Academy Trust
Winner of School Business Leader of the Year, 2021 National Schools Awards
Confirmed
Raj Unsworth
Raj Unsworth
Chair of Trustees
PRIDE Multi Academy Trust
Invited
Matt Dunkley
Matt Dunkley
Director of Children’s Services
Kent County Council
Invited
4:15 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change