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We equip MAT central teams and school leaders with the practical, expert-led guidance they need to not only do their jobs efficiently, but to do them well. Combined with our governance resources, compliance software and safeguarding training, we’ll help you deliver and embed top-of-the-class leadership principles throughout the trust. 

The Key

The Key has assembled vital information and advice for trusts who are considering expansion or even mergers.

Chris Kirk, Director and MAT Consultant, CJK Associates

Set up a new MAT with confidence

Use the awareness and know-how of those that have done it before and know where the biggest risks are; we support you to be compliant from day one, ensure effectiveness from the start, and support your school leaders to drive consistency and pupil outcomes.

Drive efficiencies through centralised services

Use our resources to help you set up shared services, which can make your MAT more cost-effective while providing you with trust-wide insight. Use our centralised compliance data dashboard view to help you make informed decisions and mitigate risk.

Add schools to your growing trust

Embed your values into each new school that joins and foster a culture of unity, with your schools and your central team working in harmony towards your common goal.

Drive good governance and compliance with support for all roles

Our comprehensive knowledge bank includes resources that support members, trustees and local governing boards - so everyone can work together effectively. We’ll help you source the insight you need from across your trust to comply with your regulations and present reports to the board.

The Key

The Key saves me research time when I am writing and updating policies – the templates are easy to amend to meet my trust requirements.

Chief Operating Officer at an academy trust in the North East

Deliver effective school support

Drive consistency and focus on outcomes for the most effective school support. We help you provide an extra layer of consistent support to local school leadership teams, helping you to maintain and improve standards trust-wide while delivering against your school improvement targets.

Build a culture of accountability

We’ll help you use data effectively to hold individual schools to account, and prepare consistent performance reports for your trust board.

Embed collaborative working across your trust 

Use our guidance to establish systems and processes, to help your central team and your school leaders work efficiently together and build strong relationships.


Get in touch

By telephone – 0800 061 4500

By email – [email protected]