Westminster Education Forum

Priorities for Multi-Academy Trusts - improving school standards, inspection and leadership

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


This timely seminar will examine the next steps for Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs), bringing stakeholders together with policymakers.

They will discuss how to secure greater collaboration between schools within MATs - particularly in teaching, leadership and the sharing of resources - as highlighted by the Secretary of State in setting out his priorities for MATs.

 Delegates will also consider the impact of MATs on the school system and their progress in fulfilling their role in improving educational attainment, particularly in areas of disadvantage.

The seminar will also be an opportunity to examine how the accountability of MATs can be improved - particularly in leadership and financial practice. This follows concerns from the Public Accounts Committee over their financial leadership, and comes as Ofsted prepares to consult on its new Common Inspection Framework, which will potentially alter the current inspection model for multi-academy trusts.

Further areas for discussion include:

  • The next steps for improving the conversion process for schools entering into a MAT, following concerns regarding the potential effects on schools, including staff pensions and salaries; and
  • How effective leadership of MATs can be further developed, whilst ensuring appropriate accountability measures are in place to provide a suitable model for the successful running of MATs.

Guest of Honour

Dominic Herrington

Interim National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Dominic Herrington

Interim National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Mark Parrett

Audit Manager, National Audit Office

Professor Daniel Muijs

Head of Research, Ofsted


Andrea Jenkyns MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Education


Councillor Ray Gooding

Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, Essex County Council

Emma Knights

Chief Executive, National Governance Association

Frank Norris

Director, Co-op Academies Trust

Councillor Roy Perry

Leader, Hampshire County Council and Vice Chairman, Children & Young People Board, Local Government Association

Rowena Hackwood

Chief Executive Officer, David Ross Education Trust

Stephen Morales

Chief Executive Officer, Institute of School Business Leadership

Leora Cruddas

Chief Executive Officer, FASNA

Yvonne Spencer

Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards

Romy Jones

Director of Strategic Development, University of Chichester