Making a move from a maintained school to a MAT
Headteacher James Roach and business manager Sharon Carlyon, Laurance Haines Primary SchoolA successful transition from a maintained school to a MAT requires leadership and the cultivation of a healthy culture – across not one, but multiple, academies. In November 2016 Laurance Haines Primary School converted to an academy and set up the Inclusive Multi-Academy Trust. By March 2018 the school had undertaken the process of converting two schools to join the trust. Headteacher James Roach and business manager Sharon Carlyon share their journey – delving into the conversion and setting-up process and the challenges they met along the way.
They explain the reasons behind conversion, the importance of having a clear ethos and vision - plus the need for embedding strong support structures. As the first school in the UK to receive the National Nurturing School award – which recognises the development and embedding of a nurturing culture throughout the school – Sharon and James will lead you to conversion success.
Take home points:
- reasons to consider conversion;
- the conversion and setting-up process;
- developing a clear and shared ethos and vision;
- what you need in a school; and what school’s need in you;
- what’s on your skills T-shirt?
- Leadership skills and resilience.
SBMs who are making the move from maintained school to MAT, or thinking about doing so.