Local authorities

For our articles and resources on MAT leadership, go to our MATs area

We are currently working with around 125 organisations, including local authorities (LAs) and multi-academy trusts (MATs) to support their schools and drive efficiency savings.

Benefits of working with us

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I find The Key invaluable. We’re lucky enough to still have quite comprehensive support from our LA, but I like to use The Key as well because it gives a national perspective. I sent a question to their researchers, and it was great to be able to park my query with them on a Friday afternoon, knowing I’d get a full answer back the following week. I could leave it to one side instead of worrying about it over the weekend.

Maria Lloyd, Headteacher, Andrews’ Endowed, Church of England Primary School, Hampshire

Save costs
Group membership enables schools to access the service at a significantly reduced price.

Free up your advisory staff
Let us become the first port of call on day-to-day issues. This will free up advisory and other staff to spend much more time in schools, providing local expertise and adding maximum value.

Fostering good relationships with schools and their leaders
The Key is an efficient way to ensure school leaders feel well supported in their demanding role.

Embracing the national agenda
The education system is changing rapidly. The Key ensures that schools are kept abreast and informed. Schools can tap into national and international good practice and apply this locally.

Delivering your education strategy
We can support you in delivering the fundamental pillars within your education strategy, including: safeguarding, driving school improvement, raising educational standards, fostering a shared vision and sharing good practice.

Promoting efficiency and new ways of working
The Key is an essential tool in ensuring that schools are not constantly reinventing the wheel. We can reinforce your commitment to ensuring resources are used efficiently and effectively.

Data and insights

We can provide data on the way your school leaders use our service, including the questions they ask, sorted by role and phase, size and type of school.

Our data and insights can help you spot gaps and tailor training to local needs and strategy

Resources for your advisers
Our knowledge bank includes an area of articles and resources for MAT leaders. When a partnership exceeds a minimum percentage of schools, we can offer your advisory staff access to our website.

Autonomy for academies and MATs
The Key provides schools with a robust support system and learnings from around the country – yet also an independent and autonomous way to solve challenges.

Popular ways of working with us

We can tailor our approach to suit your requirements and to ensure optimal take-up and engagement with our service. Popular ways to work with us include:

The Key

We now know schools' concerns so we can tailor our LA offer to better meet needs. If schools buy The Key individually, then the LA does not have access to this information.

Sue Wilson, formerly head of Cambridgeshire County Council's service for primary schools

  • Facilitating subsidised or reduced cost of membership on behalf of schools
  • Facilitating contributions from groups of schools, such as primary or secondary heads’ associations
  • Including The Key for School Leaders in your service level agreement with schools (basic package, opt-in or opt-out)
  • Buying access for all schools, or a set number of schools (single- and multi-year agreements)

Encouraging synergies between leadership and governance


Many organisations take a holistic approach, combining The Key for School Leaders with The Key for School Governors. This encourages strategic and operational synergies, and ensures that leaders and governors are singing from the same hymn sheet and working effectively together. Click here to find out more information on our school governor service.

"The questions that school leaders and governors now come to the Trust with are much more focussed, which means that it saves us time and therefore money."

Bob Anderson, Director of HR and Governance at The Elliot Foundation

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Bespoke online solutions

We are experts at communicating with schools, building a community and harnessing digital technology. We can provide bespoke solutions to help you:

  • Benchmark your schools’ performance and finances
  • Communicate with schools
  • Market your traded services and local CPD
  • Deliver the latest news, trends and insights to schools

We can help ensure that you are following statutory, regulatory and accessibility requirements. As well as our in-depth sector knowledge and understanding, we also bring years of communications, editorial, marketing, web development, content management, quality assurance, data analysis and digital know-how to support you.

Get in touch

By telephone – 0800 061 4500

By email – [email protected]