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Is there information on the characteristics of successful MATs? We point to such guidance from the DfE and the National College. We also relay guidance from Sir David Carter and one of our associate education experts cites additional traits of successful MATs.

DfE guidance on successful MATs

In August 2015 the Department for Education (DfE) published a tool to help multi-academy trusts (MAT) self-evaluate against a set of characteristics of successful MATs. The tool was created by the regional schools commissioner (RSC) at the time, Sir David Carter. He is now the national schools commissioner. 

The tool lists nine characteristics, or steps, and provides descriptions of a how a MAT would be performing against them at different stages of its progress. The stages are:

Developing – this moves beyond the embryonic, and it is clear that the trust has started to drive improvement and

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