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Whatever their size, Multi-Academy Trusts all experience growing pains as they take on more schools. We asked a number of MAT CEOs and Directors of Education where their main difficulties lie, and common themes were accountability, recruiting and retaining the best staff, speaking a common language of assessment and the challenges of building a strong capacity for growth. 

Our new guide, ‘Growing Pains: Assessment considerations and best practice for successful Multi-Academy Trusts’, contains a collection of articles featuring advice and guidance on how good use of assessment can help alleviate some of these challenges.  

Our contributors include: 

  • Maxine Evans (NET Academies Trust) – Building a strong capacity for growth
  • Paul Smith (Future Academies Trust) – What do MATs need to think about as they grow?
  • Daisy Christodoulou (ARK Schools) - Taking schools with you on the data journey
  • Lisa Crausby (ATT) - Introducing a common language for assessment data
  • Dan Styles (Wakefield Trust) – Using data to set priorities and raise standards
  • Heather Leatt (Kent Catholic Schools Partnership) – Measuring pupils’ progress in a world without levels
  • Paul Robinson (E-ACT) – Baselining and transition in a Trust
  • Greg Watson (GL Assessment) - How MATs can use assessment to alleviate their growing pains

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