Joining a MAT: questions to ask

Find out what questions you can ask when you're considering joining a multi-academy trust (MAT) so you can apply due diligence.

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Asking questions is one piece of the puzzle when deciding whether to join a multi-academy trust (MAT). Find out about the pros and cons of being in a MAT.

Questions to ask

Use the questions below as a springboard to ask your own questions about the MAT you’re looking to join. Please note that this list isn't exhaustive. 

You can ask these questions in your governing board or committee meetings. For example, it might be appropriate to ask/discuss these questions with:

MAT and local governing body (LGB) structure and responsibilities What is the MAT’s governance structure? Will there be an LGB for each school in the MAT? Or is there another arrangement for governance at the local tier, such as regional hubs? How are LGBs constituted? Do they have their own committees? What is the typical level of

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