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Joining or Forming a MAT? Making an Informed Choice

February 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Virtual course

6 February

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Member – £99
Non-Member – £149

Facilitator – Philippa Ollerhead

It would be easy to underestimate the impact that school organisation has on the behaviour, effectiveness, engagement and creativity of the teachers, staff and pupils. Excellent system leadership has a marked effect on the well-being of staff members, and how families and the community relate to the schools.
By improving system leadership schools can provide those involved in the design and delivery of educational services with a coherent and easy-to-follow framework to help run effective organisations.
This course will focus on the skills and characteristics required for effective system leadership.
The course will evaluate how system leadership can:

  • Improve leading learning
  • Model moral purpose in action
  • Build leadership capacity
  • Grow independence

You will consider how to form a multi-school structure ensuring it is efficient, effective and financially viable. This course will also consider teaching and support staff structures in more than one school to ascertain whether they are “future proofed” and financially sustainable into the future.
Consideration will be given to multiple school business planning, teaching and support staff structures, and governance. Delegates will have the opportunity to consider how they will develop their existing skills to embrace system leadership skills.


Discuss “what is outstanding system leadership”.
Discuss the business, staffing and governance structures within a group of schools.
Assess why and how creative workforce deployment across several schools can support schools to achieve improved outcomes and financial viability.
Develop a clear understanding of the senior leadership skills required to develop a system leadership structure.
Learn how to analyse the essential elements of effective system leadership.
Evaluate the skills required for delegated system leadership.
Take time to develop a personal training plan.


School Leaders including Head teachers including SBLs.  Primary and Secondary suitable.


Philippa Ollerhead

Philippa has had a long career in education, having been a Head of English, a Vice Principal of a large sixth form college in Greater Manchester, Head teacher of a pupil referral unit and Head teacher at a secondary alternative provision school. Philippa is formally trained every academic year in the rigorous of the common inspection framework to prepare primary and secondary schools for Ofsted visits.
Philippa is a training partner for the NAHT, delivering courses for Head teachers across the country, in subjects such as Removing the Stress from Ofsted Inspections, Safeguarding, Financial Transparency for Maintained Schools, Growing MAT structures, Delegated Leadership and Leading School Investigations.
Philippa has been an education improvement adviser for 7 years and works with schools in all sectors around the country supporting school leaders.


February 6
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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