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We summarise multi-academy trust governance in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.

How does multi-academy trust governance work?

A multi-academy trust (MAT) runs multiple academies, as opposed to a single academy trust. While all academy trusts have two layers of governance (the members of the trust and the board of trustees), a multi-academy trust may have further layers of governance in the form of local governing bodies or other committees which may relate to one or more academy.

The members of the trust are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association. Members have a limited financial liability to the trust and can appoint and remove trustees.

In a MAT, the board of trustees may delegate some of

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