Scaling your MAT Sustainably: Centralisation vs. School Autonomy (Free conference)

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Scaling your MAT Sustainably: Centralisation vs. School Autonomy (Free conference)

By Arbor Education

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Date and time

Thursday, April 19, 2018 · 9:30am - 4pm BST


The Battlebridge Room Kings Place 90 York Way London N1 9AG United Kingdom


With some MATs facing financial pressure to scale fast, and others cutting back on scaling to focus on quality of provision, Arbor Education & PS Financials are bringing MAT CEOs and Senior Leaders together with business experts to learn from one another and discuss different strategies for achieving sustainable growth.

You’ll hear from a series of education, business and industry leaders about how they have scaled their strategy, operations, central team process, systems, reporting and governance. You’ll leave with a series of relevant, practical and implementable steps to take back to your MAT to help you grow sustainably.

There will be lunch and breaks to network with other like-minded MAT leaders to discuss how they've scaled their Trust and exchange good practice.

This event is free, and has been sponsored by Arbor and PS Financials who help provide MIS, Finance, HR and data systems to help MATs scale and report effectively.


10.00-10.20: Introduction: How scaling strategies vary by degree of MAT centralisation vs school autonomy

James Weatherill (CEO at Arbor Education)

James will illustrate how scaling strategies vary by the size/complexity of your MAT, as well as the level of autonomy vs centralisation you desire for your schools

10.20-11.00: Strategies for scaling sustainably

Hugh Greenway (CEO at The Elliot Foundation)

Hugh will highlight the pressures and pitfalls to scaling, as well as different strategies to plan for and manage this growth

11.00-11.30: How and when to standardise systems

Dominic Norrish (Group Director of Technology at United Learning)

Dominic will speak about his experience in centralising systems, including when and why you need to standardise and how to manage school expectations

11.45-12.15: Refreshments (biscuits, tea and coffee)

12.15-12.45: Scaling culture and maintaining your sense of identity as you grow

Vanessa Ogden (CEO, Mulberry Schools Trust)

Vanessa Ogden will discuss ways you can maintain a cohesive set of values and identity for the MAT, whilst allowing schools to express their individuality

12.45-1.20: Building out your MAT operating model and central team functions

Chris Kirk (ex Partner for Education PwC, GEMS, DfE)

Chris will explore the 5 different stages of MAT growth, including how this affects your choice of management processes, central team structure and systems choice

1.20-2.10: Lunch

2.10-2.40: Utilisation of analytics and centralisation to drive financial health and efficiency

Will Jordan (Education Sector Manager at PS Financials)

Will demonstrates how you can centralise HR, finance and education reporting at scale, producing dashboards for your staff and board to make quicker, better decisions, without all the manual data drops

2.40-3.10: How to procure effectively to achieve economies of scale

John Leonard (Independent Consultant)

John will walk you through his guide and toolkit for how MATs can procure more effectively to achieve savings, whilst reducing the admin burden of big tenders

3.10-3.50: Governance structures that scale

Sarah Pittam (Consultant, Adviser and Project Manager in Education & Associate of Cambridge Education)

Sarah combines top-tier business consulting and education experience to show how different governance structures and processes can scale effectively as your MAT grows

3.50 - 4.00: Final refreshments

  • Hugh Greenway

    Hugh Greenway

    The Elliot Foundation


  • Will Jordan

    Will Jordan

    PS Financials PLC

    Education Sector Manager

  • Chris Kirk

    Chris Kirk

    PwC, GEMS, DfE

    Ex-Partner for Education

  • John Leonard

    John Leonard

    Independent Consultant

  • Dominic Norrish

    Dominic Norrish

    United Learning

    Group Director of Technology

  • Vanessa Odgen

    Vanessa Odgen

    Mulberry Schools Trust


  • Sarah Pittam

    Sarah Pittam

    Consultant, Adviser and Project Manager in Education

    Associate of Cambridge Education

  • James Weatherill

    James Weatherill

    Arbor Education


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