July 11, 2018

Academies that come together into Multi Academy Trusts often do so in pursuit of greater efficiency and effectiveness.  In this blog I look at 4 common tensions MATs face when setting up central teams and services, and how to manage them.

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June 7, 2018

MAT CEOs often ask me what is really meant by the term 'Operating Model'. In this blog I offer my take on what one is, why you need it, and how to review and develop it.

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May 23, 2018

Chris Kirk, Ex-Partner for Education at PwC, and formerly GEMS DfE recently wrote about the 6 phases of MAT growth (and the crises that follow).  This blog is kindly hosted by Arbor Education - continue reading..

May 18, 2018

Time to move on from the ‘top down’ or ‘bottom up’ debate: MATs should give serious attention to collaborative standardisation

Accountability and autonomy can be a hot topic for a principal who has moved from being head of a standalone academy to one which is now in a M...

April 18, 2018

At a recent residential programme for MAT CEOs we were discussing different models for improving schools across a MAT, and how any chosen strategy needed to change and adapt at different points in a MAT’s growth.   This blog is kindly hosted by Arbor Education: co...

May 15, 2017

The OECD reported recently that test anxiety of UK students is the third highest of 72 countries.

The school leaders I speak to are fully aware that too much pressure can create unhealthy levels of stress in teachers and students alike. On the other hand, there is...

January 3, 2017

It’s mid-afternoon on a freezing November afternoon in Friends Meeting Place near Euston station. A group of 30 or so people are engaged in a passionate discussion.

  • ‘What’s really important is that we challenge the notion that headship is a lonely and isolated role...

December 19, 2016

Teachers make the biggest difference to students’ learning; and for students from disadvantaged home backgrounds this is even more the case. This makes the recent news that the DFE is cancelling the National Teaching Servicealarming. The pilot had secured only 24 teach...

December 14, 2016

Eric McNulty’s fascinating review of new research into the link between charismatic CEO’s and company performance has interesting resonance in education systems.

As Eric argues, in the business world the link between charisma and performance had already been firmly...

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